Feds Announce New Actions to Combat Opioid Abuse Epidemic

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, including:

  • Expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder;
  • Eliminating any potential financial incentive for doctors to prescribe opioids based on patient experience survey questions, and
  • Requiring Indian Health Service prescribers and pharmacists to check state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases before prescribing or dispensing opioids for pain.
  • Launching more than a dozen new scientific studies on opioid misuse and pain treatment and soliciting feedback to improve and expand prescriber education and training programs.

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