Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, President Obama proposed over $1 billion in funding to “help every American with an opioid use disorder who wants treatment get the help they need.”
Eight administration actions
In conjunction with the summit, the Obama administration will roll out the following eight measures to combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. These are:
Other actions and programs
In addition to these actions, beginning in the fall, more than 60 medical schools will require students to take prescriber education in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids and Chronic Pain. Students who fail to complete these courses will not graduate.
The Food and Drug Administration announced changes to labeling information for immediate-release opioid painkillers. The labeling data will include information about the dangers of misuse and abuse as well as the risks of overdose and death associated with the drugs.
Lastly, the Drug Enforcement Agency will hold its 11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30. The 10 previous Take-Back Days have netted over 5 million pounds of medications.
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