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CARA Legislation Signals Congressional Intent to Halt Opioid Epidemic

​Osteopathic Physicians Support Measures to Prevent and Treat Addiction

By AOA Media Team


Osteopathic Physicians Support Measures to Prevent and Treat Addiction

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2016—The American Osteopathic Association today affirmed its support for sweeping bipartisan, bicameral legislation intended to curb opioid abuse and change the national perspective on how physicians manage pain and treat addiction.

“Passage of the CARA legislation proves that the U.S. is truly attacking the opioid epidemic and we applaud the bipartisan work that led to this milestone. As osteopathic physicians, we appreciate that prevention is as important as treatment and are committed to compassionately caring for our patients by identifying potential triggers for addiction and treating those who have opioid use disorders,” said John W. Becher, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association.

“As we look ahead to implementing this important legislation, we should ensure that appropriate funding is made available in order for clinicians to have the resources they need to prevent opioid addiction from claiming more lives and causing more devastation to families and communities,” Dr. Becher added.

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