The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today declared a state of emergency.

WASHINGTON, DC – The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today declared a state of emergency and issued a set of interim recommendations to address the opioid epidemic. Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the news:

“The Commission’s decision to declare a state of emergency for the opioid epidemic is a significant first step towards acknowledging the severity of the crisis we face and the urgent need for action, including national emergency funding and suspending regulatory hurdles that limit our ability to save lives.

“However, there are several additional actions that need to be taken; the infrastructure for science-based treatment needs to be developed quickly, the shortage of professionals trained to deliver MAT needs to be eliminated, and additional reporting and requirements need to occur.

“I applaud Governor Christie and the Commission co-chairs for their hard work thus far and look forward to working with them to make sure the final set of recommendations they issue in October is more comprehensive than today’s draft.”

Mr. Mendell spoke in front of the Commission at the White House in June. To see Shatterproof’s full list of recommendations to the federal government, click here.

Shatterproof and Mr. Mendell are also working with stakeholders and experts on how to effectively address the lack of quality addiction treatment. In April, Mr. Mendell launched a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Task Force comprised of private and public payers, advocates and former government officials and will utilize a business approach to develop a private sector-oriented plan to implement the recommendations found in the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is an experienced businessman and CEO who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.