The Academy advocates at the federal and state levels to develop and advance policies reducing the risk of prescription drug misuse while allowing for the appropriate, medically supervised treatment of debilitating, chronic pain. Among our recent recommendations to lawmakers:
The AAFP will continue to work with the FDA and others to minimize the risk of abuse while ensuring that policies are in place to allow safe opioid prescribing for patients in pain-management programs overseen by their family physicians.
The Academy recognizes the complex interconnectedness of high prescription-drug costs; chronic pain as a substantial public health issue; and the risks to individuals and public health impact of opioid abuse, misuse, and overdose.
Family physicians have an essential duty to provide patients with safe, effective, accessible pain management. To ensure that its members can dispatch this duty, the AAFP works with lawmakers and regulatory bodies toward solving a crisis with tremendous medical, economic and social costs.
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