Idaho officials are focusing their attention on the state’s growing opioids and substance abuse problems.
The Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group met for the first time Thursday, with Gov. Brad Little (R) calling it a “very comprehensive and complex problem.”
“I’ve looked, observed, talked about, observed from a distance, and sometimes, I’ve observed this issue from way too close,” Little said.
He says Idaho has significantly reduced the amount of opioid prescriptions written for patients, though clamping down too hard could have unintended consequences.
Dr. Christine Hahn, the medical director for the Division of Public Health agreed.