Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell today announced an initiative to reduce prescription opioid and heroin-related deaths and dependence. The effort will focus on providing training and educational resources for health professionals, including updated prescriber guidelines; increasing use of naloxone to reduce overdoses; and expanding the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment, which combines medication with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. For more information, visit In related news, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee today held a hearing on state and local perspectives on the growing problem of prescription drug and heroin abuse. In addition, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today declared a public health emergency in Scott County due to an outbreak of HIV related to intravenous drug use.