Combating opioid abuse has been one of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s top priorities over the last few years — and promises to remain one even as he enters his final months in office.
The governor called a second meeting of his Opioid State Action Accountability Task Force on Wednesday to receive an update on the state’s four-pronged response to the opioid crisis, which claimed the lives of 387 Nevadans in 2016, according to preliminary estimates. Various state agencies and community organizations each came forward to present their small piece of the overall effort, from prescriber guidelines to criminal justice interventions. (Sandoval was at a National Governor’s Association event and was unable to attend the meeting, but it was presided over by his chief of staff, Mike Willden.)