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WHEREAS, in Nevada, the need to combat opioid abuse is an urgent public health issue and the ability of rural health professionals and healthcare facilities to take a leadership role will improve the health of all Nevadans; and

WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada's overdose rate in 2010 was 20.7per 100,000 population, well above the national rate 0/12.4 per 100,000; and

WHEREAS, statistics from the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health show inpatient hospitalizations for opioids increased from 4,518 in 2010 to 8,231 in 2015 and during that same time emergency room visits related to opioids more than doubled to 7,035from 3,095; and

WHEREAS, providers and healthcare facilities must meet the needs of rural Nevada while responding to this public health issue; and

WHEREAS, providing an educational program to meet the needs of rural and frontier Nevada and providing tools to assist rural Nevada health professionals and facilities in meeting patient needs in Nevada will benefit all; and

WHEREAS, many rural and frontier hospitals and clinics lack resources, but through their efforts to address opioid prescribing and an educational partnership between the Office of the Governor, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, Nevada State Health Division, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's outreach programs, Nevada Licensing Boards, Nevada Health Centers, Northern Nevada Hopes, Washoe County Medical Society and Nevada Rural Hospitals, they are able to collaborate, network and increase knowledge in order to assist in the implementation of Senate Bill 459 and Assembly Bill 474; and

WHEREAS, this day is an opportunity to address this important issue which affects families statewide;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  November 16, 2017 as

 Nevada Rural Health Day


 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson