In another indication of the magnitude of the epidemic of opioid abuse gripping the country, the US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is sending a letter to 2.3 million physicians and other health professionals in a call to action on safe prescribing education, access to treatment for opioid use disorder and compassionate care without stigma.
He also asks physicians to sign a pledge to turn the tide on opioid abuse in this country. As he states in his letter: “As cynical as times may seem, the public still looks to our profession for hope during difficult moments. This is one of those times.”
Read Dr. Murthy’s letter here.