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  • ACOEM Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Address Opioid Epidemic

    November 28, 2016

    United States Congress
    United States Capitol
    Washington, DC 20510

    To the Members of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives:

    As the 114th Congress comes to a close and opportunities are emerging to introduce new funding, the undersigned organizations respectfully urge you to consider the urgent and growing need to effectively address the opioid epidemic in our country.

    Significant funding is needed to ensure evidence-based approaches to prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies are available to the many Americans who so desperately need them. The wide-ranging and devastating impact of this true public health emergency on individuals, families, and our communities demonstrates the pressing need for this critical funding.

    Public awareness of the opioid crisis has grown significantly in recent months as its effects continue to be felt by more and more of our nation’s residents. Importantly, this greater awareness also highlights shifting attitudes in how we as a society view addiction and substance use disorders, treating them as the diseases they are rather than as moral failings or weaknesses. As noted in the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent report on addiction, adopting an evidence-based approach to prevention, treatment, and recovery is essential in addressing substance use disorders, as it would be with other health conditions.

    We therefore urge you to provide the maximum possible allocation to fund not only the grant programs designated under the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) passed earlier this year, but to also substantially increase funding for much-needed prevention and treatment efforts for opioid misuse and related disorders.

    As legislators, you have heard the personal experiences of your constituents whose lives have been affected by the opioid epidemic. You have shared these experiences in committee hearings, on the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate, in town halls in your communities, and in countless other meetings, and you have taken action to help improve programs that support efforts to address this public health crisis. We deeply appreciate your work, and as providers we strongly urge Congress to ensure that existing and newly created programs have the necessary resources to meet the needs of patients and families struggling with opioid use disorders.

    Thank you again for your bipartisan work to date to help fight this disease. With this final opportunity before the end of the 114th Congress, we encourage you to provide the maximum possible funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts, and we stand ready to support you in this vital effort.


    American Osteopathic Association
    AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain
    American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
    American Academy of Family Physicians
    American Academy of Neurology
    American Academy of Osteopathy
    American Academy of Pain Medicine
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    American College of Emergency Physicians
    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    American College of Osteopathic Internists
    American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists
    American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians
    American College of Physicians
    American College of Rheumatology
    American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    American Dental Association
    American Dental Education Association
    American Gastroenterological Association
    American Medical Association
    American Nurses Association
    American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
    American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
    American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists
    American Osteopathic College of Radiology
    American Pharmacists Association
    American Psychiatric Association
    American Society of Addiction Medicine
    American Society of Anesthesiologists
    American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
    Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
    Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association
    Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
    Association of Recovery Community Organizations
    California Medical Association
    College on Problems of Drug Dependence
    Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
    Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    Connecticut Osteopathic Medical Society
    Delaware Chapter of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
    Faces & Voices of Recovery
    Florida Osteopathic Medical
    Association Friends Research Institute
    Harm Reduction Coalition
    Idaho Osteopathic Physicians
    Association Indiana Osteopathic Association
    Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association
    Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine
    Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association
    Louisiana Osteopathic Medical Association
    Maine Osteopathic Association
    Massachusetts Medical Society
    Massachusetts Osteopathic Society
    Michigan Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    Michigan Osteopathic Association
    Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society
    Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
    Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
    National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
    National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    National Association of Spine Specialists
    National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
    New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association
    New York State Osteopathic Medical Society
    North American Spine Society
    Ohio Osteopathic Association
    Ohio State Medical Association
    Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    Oklahoma Osteopathic Association
    Oregon Medical Association
    Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California
    Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon
    Recovery Communities of North Carolina
    Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
    South Dakota Osteopathic Association
    South Florida Chapter of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
    Texas Osteopathic Medical Association
    The Methadone Advocacy Group of Indiana
    Treatment Communities of America
    Washington Osteopathic Medical Association
    West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association
    Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physician & Surgeons