Jones lends expertise on opiod crisis to national government offices

On two days in early November, Dr. Hendree Jones spoke to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as well as a committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Jones lends expertise on opiod crisis to national government offices click to enlarge Dr. Jones is pictured with Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

On November 3, Dr. Hendree Jones, executive director of UNC Horizons and international expert on women and substance use disorders, was invited to attend "Convening on Pay for Success and the Opioid Crisis," hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Leaders involved in the Pay for Success model and those working to manage the opioid crisis discussed the possibility of using the Pay for Success funding approach at the state and local levels to reduce the spread of opioid use disorders and their associated harms to men, women, children and society. Policymakers, Pay for Success intermediaries, service providers and evaluation experts were among those involved in the conversation.

Through the Pay for Success model, government or other entities can enter into a contract to pay for concrete, measurable outcomes once they are achieved by specific people or communities in need.

On Nov. 4, Dr.  Jones addressed the Committee on Pain Management and Regulatory Strategies to Address Prescription Opioid Abuse, which reports on these topics for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The committee is a formation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Dr. Jones was asked to give her perspective on the role of the FDA and other key organizations in preventing and addressing opioid use disorder in pregnant women and neonatal abstinence syndrome. She was also asked to discuss her perspective on how product labeling has been used (successfully or unsuccessfully) to communicate the benefits and risks of treatment for opioid use disorder in pregnant women. In her expertise, she highlighted the great work UNC Horizons does for women and children.

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