- Better Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
- Better Data
- Better Pain Management
- Better Availability of Overdose Preventing Drugs
- Better Research
Here are some of the Strategy’s essential details:
BETTER ADDICTION PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY
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 opioid addiction.
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.