Advocacy & Health Policy: Sign the Pledge to Reduce Opioid Abuse
As women’s health providers, we are in a unique role to address the public health crisis that is prescription opioid abuse. United States Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, is asking physicians across the nation to play an active role in this endeavor through the Turn the Tide campaign. Take the pledge, and join the movement to stop on opioid addiction!
The Turn the Tide campaign addresses three main components of opioid addiction:
1. Education. The first step to combat this epidemic is to educate ourselves on how to properly prescribe opiates
2. Screening. Once we screen our patients for opioid use disorder, we can provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment
3. Dialogue. Furthering the conversation about opioid abuse starts with lessening the stigma associated with the abuse of opioids.
It is imperative that we, as physicians, educate ourselves on prescription of opioids and ensure that our patients have access to accurate information. ACOG is a proud member of the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse and continues to support efforts to decrease opioid dependence in our patients. Also, see ACOG's official guidance on opioids.
Download the Turn the Tide pamphlet on prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
Read the letter from the Surgeon General.
Take the Pledge.