The overprescribing of opioids has harmed millions of pain patients and led to sharp increases in addiction, heroin use, injection-related diseases and infants born opioid-dependent. The epidemic is having a catastrophic impact on families and communities and is placing tremendous strain on our health care system, workforce and legal system.

These interventions by our federal government aren’t a matter of common sense; they could save countless lives and help bring this epidemic under control.

  1. Ensure that opioids are prescribed responsibly and cautiously

  2. Prohibit the marketing of opioids for conditions where risks outweigh benefits

  3. Reduce barriers to medication-assisted addiction treatment (MAT)

  4. Allocate more funding for addiction treatment

  5. Ensure that public and private health insurance carriers provide adequate coverage for evidence-based addiction treatment

  6. Increase access to naloxone and provide legal protection to those who call 911 when witnessing an overdose

  7. Incentivize states to make prescriber use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) mandatory