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ASPPH Engages with the NAM Action Collaborative on Countering the Opioid Epidemic

National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced on Tuesday that ASPPH and more than 100 other organizations across the U.S. have joined NAM in declaring their commitment to reversing national trends in opioid misuse and overdose. The announcement was made at a meeting of the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. ASPPH has joined the Collaborative as a network organization. The Action Collaborative is a public-private partnership committed to developing, curating, and disseminating multi-sector solutions designed to reduce opioid misuse and improve outcomes for individuals, families, and communities affected by the opioid crisis. The ASPPH Task Force on Public Health Interventions to Address the Opioid Crisis is finalizing its report and recommendations, which are intended to inform all parties involved in litigation against opioid manufacturing and distribution companies, as well as to inform the Association’s advocacy agenda. The Task Force’s report and recommendations will be shared with the NAM Action Collaborative to help inform their agenda.

To provide an opportunity for organizations to discuss and share plans of action, the NAM recently called for and has collected statements describing current work and future goals to counter the opioid epidemic in the areas of health professional education and training; opioid prescribing guidelines and evidence standards; prevention, treatment, and recovery; and research, data, and metrics. The statements, including ASPPH’s commitment statement, are available on-line.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most devastating public health crises of the modern era, impacting individuals, families, and communities across the nation,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “The complexity of this crisis requires sustained commitment from all stakeholders: health systems, federal and state governments, community organizations, provider groups, payers, industry, nonprofits, and academia. Reversing the opioid epidemic requires a multi-sectoral response — no organization, agency, or sector can solve this problem on their own. NAM is privileged to lead this action collaborative, which will work to develop collective solutions and advance those with the most potential to reverse or stem the crisis. We are thrilled to see such a robust commitment from organizations across the country in joining with us to be part of the solution.”