Here are some of the Strategy’s essential details:
BETTER ADDICTION PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY SERVICES
As the heading implies, the point of this strategy is to improve access to prevention,
treatment, and recovery support services all across America. That is, to prevent the
health, social, and economic consequences associated with opioid abuse, misuse and
addiction, as well as to enable individuals to achieve long-term recovery.
The Treatment component includes enabling individuals, families, and caregivers to
find, access, and navigate evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD), as
well as identifying and disseminating best practices related to Medication-Assisted
Treatment (MAT). The Recovery point includes providing culturally and linguistically
appropriate education and support to individuals, families, and caregivers so they may
better understand the importance of recovery, as well as helping them find and access a
wide range of evidence-based services.
The Better Data point of the HHS Strategy includes strengthening public health data
reporting and collection, improving the timeliness and specificity of data, and helping to
create a real-time public health response as the opioid epidemic evolves. It also
includes collecting and disseminating actionable data, deploying local and regional
resources, and assessing the impacts of federal, state, and local efforts.
BETTER PAIN MANAGEMENT
Better Pain Management is especially crucial in light of the role prescription pain
medication has played in creating the opioid epidemic. This HHS Strategy Point
includes advancing the practice of pain management, enabling access to the kind of
high-quality, evidence-based pain care that reduces the burden of pain for individuals,
families, and society, as well as simultaneously reducing the inappropriate use of
opioids. The Better Pain Management component also includes providing prescribers
with actionable information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, so that they’re current on the
appropriate use of opioids and other pain treatment modalities. This helps to ensure that
patients’ pain management needs are met, yet also significantly reduces the risk of
BETTER TARGETING OF OVERDOSE REVERSING DRUGS
This point of the Strategy has already made significant headway across America. And
it’s saved an untold number of lives to boot. As implied, the component targets the
availability and distribution of overdose-reversing medications to people likely to
experience or respond to an overdose. That is to say, it’s geared toward getting drugs
such as naloxone to addicts and their loved ones, as well as to first responders.
And while the effort currently focuses on high-risk populations, its implementation is country-
Research has always been a crucial component of addiction, as well as recovery. This
point not only supports the kind of cutting-edge research that advances our
understanding of pain, overdose and addiction, but also the sort of research that leads
to the development of new treatments. Among other components, it’s also designed to
identify effective public health interventions that will help reduce opioid-related harms.