United States Surgeon General Takes Historic Action

September 1st, 2016

The U.S. Surgeon General has sent a personal letter to more than 2.3 million health care practitioners and public health leaders seeking help to address the prescription opioid crisis. In his letter, he encourages clinicians to take a pledge to help end the opioid crisis and outlines three ways clinicians can join together in a simple, but powerful movement.

  1. Educate ourselves to treat pain safely and effectively.
  2. Screen our patients for opioid use disorder and provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment.
  3. Shape how the rest of the country sees addiction by talking about and treating it as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.

Take Pledge

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