Opioid overdoses claim the lives of 91 Americans every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a Forum event at Harvard University on Friday, four former governors offered candid insights into how government policy can help, exploring what works and what doesn’t. They spoke about experiences within their own states, as well the broader national epidemic.

Topics included prescription drug monitoring programs; treatment vouchers; naloxone use; and crackdowns on illegal supply streams. The governors also will discussed the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act to fight the epidemic and the role of the Trump administration’s opioid task force.


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Craig LeMoult
Reporter, WGBH News

Steven L. Beshear
Governor of Kentucky (2007-2015) and Menschel Senior Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Linda Lingle
Governor of Hawaii (2002-2010)

Ted Strickland
Governor of Ohio (2007-2011)

Jay Nixon
Governor of Missouri (2009-2017)



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