World AIDS Day is a time to reflect on those we've lost to HIV/AIDS, as well as on how much progress we've made in the national response to HIV. It's also an important opportunity to assess where we need to improve and what our next steps should be.
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Last week, I attended the National Rx Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 policymakers, researchers, advocates, parents, and persons in recovery. The widespread abuse of prescription drugs, use of heroin, and lacing of heroin with fentanyl has resulted in an unrelenting rise in overdose deaths across the nation. The topic is of such critical and timely importance that President Obama participated in a panel discussion and announced new initiatives to combat this problem that is deeply affecting large swaths of the country.
On behalf of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), we invite you to share your ideas, feedback and recommendations for updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Released in 2010, the Strategy is our nation’s first comprehensive plan to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, reduce HIV-related health disparities, and achieve a more coordinated national response.
You can submit your own ideas, and/or vote or comment on the recommendations of others through Friday, May 22, 2015.