US Surgeon General Calls On Physicians To Help End Opioid Epidemic

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US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

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.


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