HHS Secretary to Governors: Let’s reduce stigma of medication-assisted treatment for opioids

Washington D.C. (February 24, 2018) – At the National Governor’s Conference on Saturday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II commended governors for their work to address the opioid epidemic and urged them to help reduce the stigma of medication-assisted treatment.

“I chose to highlight medication-assisted treatment today because this is a particular aspect of the epidemic that demands leadership—leadership that is willing to work to overcome any stigma associated with addiction and addiction treatment, and to treat the opioid epidemic not as a moral failing, but as a moral challenge for every single American. We have that kind of leadership in this room, and we have that kind of leadership in the White House.”

-HHHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II

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