TUNE IN: 3rd Meeting of the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

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On September 27, the President’s Commission will convene for its third meeting. This discussion will include statements to the Commission from invited government, nonprofit, and business organizations regarding Innovative Pain Management and Prevention Measures for Diversion, followed by discussion of the issues raised. Join this meeting virtually at www.whitehouse.gov/live on September 27 starting at 12:30pm. Written comments or recommendations can be submitted to the Commission by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information about the Commission can be found on the Commission's webpage at https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/presidents-commission
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Doctors’ Group Says Substance Use Disorders are Chronic Medical Conditions

Doctors’ Group Says Substance Use Disorders are Chronic Medical Conditions
The American College of Physicians (ACP) says substance use disorders are chronic medical conditions. The group called for greater access to care for people struggling with drug addiction. In a position paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the group stated substance use disorders need ongoing treatment, and are not a “moral disorder or character defect.” ACP says it wants to see tighter controls for opioid prescriptions, more training for doctors to deal with substance abuse, and more options for mental health treatment, ABC News reports. “Drug overdose deaths, particularly from opioids such as prescription pain relievers and heroin, is a rising epidemic,” ACP President Nitin S. Damle, MD, said in a news release. “Substance use disorders are treatable chronic medical conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, that should be addressed through expansion of evidence-based public and individual health initiatives to prevent, treat, and promote recovery.”
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