CHICAGO—October 3, 2018— The following statement was issued by AOA President William S. Mayo, DO, in response to the Congressional passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act:
“The American Osteopathic Association commends Congress passing the Opioid Crisis Response Act and including H.R. 5102, the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act, as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing our national opioid misuse and substance use disorder crisis.
The inclusion of the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act shows Congress’s commitment to helping people struggling with addiction recover. As osteopathic physicians, we applaud our lawmakers for listening to our input and taking a compassionate, comprehensive approach to the opioid epidemic.
With passage of this legislation, Congress is putting in place an inclusive set of policies to address the spectrum of the opioid epidemic, from its origins to recovery from addiction. As osteopathic physicians, we understand that this holistic approach is the best path forward because it addresses the root causes and puts the health care professionals in place to help those suffering from addiction recover.”
About the American Osteopathic Association
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