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America’s opioid abuse epidemic is killing thousands every year - help us stop it!
Opioid misuse, addiction, overdose and death have become an epidemic in America. In fact, over the past 15 years, the nation's opioid epidemic has claimed more than 250,000 lives, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the last year alone, nearly 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. Physicians have stepped up as leaders in preventing and reducing misuse, addiction, overdose and death from prescription drugs. They understand that the opioid epidemic is complex and that a multi-pronged approach is needed. Congress has only recently turned its attention to this most urgent issue by passing some initial reforms that would expand physician office-based treatment of opioid use disorders. While this is an encouraging first step, lawmakers have much more work to do to ensure the safety of families across the country. Specifically, Congress must pass and fully fund additional measures that increase coverage for—and access to—comprehensive treatment for opioid use disorder (e.g., medication-assisted treatment and increased access to overdose prevention measures). These basic reforms are absolutely critical to seriously addressing the opioid crisis that continues to plague our country. We are needlessly losing thousands of people to a preventable epidemic. Make your voice heard in our nation’s capital – urge your legislators to take action today!