Around the nation: Surgeon General, AHA to partner to fight opioid epidemic

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Friday announced that this fall, his office will partner with the American Hospital Association to combat the opioid epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Louisiana, and Massachusetts.

  • California: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Friday announced that this fall, his office will partner with the American Hospital Association to combat the opioid misuse epidemic. Adams in April issued the first public health advisory in over a decade, urging more people to carry naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. According to Modern Healthcare, Adams shared few details on the partnership, but urged hospital leaders to leverage nontraditional partnerships with community organizations and businesses to make more progress in fighting the epidemic (Weinstock, Modern Healthcare, 7/27).

  • Louisiana: Christus Health has named Kevin Holland as CEO of Christus Southwestern Louisiana, which oversees Christus St. Patrick Hospital and Christus Lake Area Hospital. Holland most recently served as the CEO of Singing River Health System, which is based in Mississippi (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/26).

  • Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Friday signed a bill into law that raised the legal age for tobacco purchases in the state from 18 to 21. The goal of the law is to reduce the number of young adults who start smoking while also lowering health care costs associated with long-term smoking (Gstalter, The Hill, 7/27).

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