Arts and the Opioid Epidemic Strategy Sampler
NASAA'S ARTS AND THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC STRATEGY SAMPLER
America's opioid epidemic is not only broad but also deep, having roots in systemic medical practices, economic conditions and community dynamics. Resolving it is similarly complex. This strategy sampler considers how state arts agencies can support addiction recovery and prevention efforts. It first reviews evidence of how the arts can help prevent opioid misuse and facilitate addiction recovery before looking at model arts and addiction programs. It discusses how state arts agencies can support arts based therapies and enable creative engagements in health care and other recovery environments. The paper concludes with a set of programming tips and a collection of resources to inform ongoing and future efforts to counter the opioid epidemic through the arts.