As part of President Trump’s announcement, he unveiled CrisisNextDoor.gov – a website intended to build awareness of real-life stories of addiction.
Arlington, Va. – NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, issued the following statement today upon the announcement of “President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand”:
“NACDS commends President Trump’s leadership, and that of bipartisan members of Congress, in working toward more comprehensive policies to address the opioid abuse epidemic. Key elements of President Trump’s plan, and legislative proposals under consideration in Congress, are consistent with NACDS’ policy recommendations. These recommendations are based on pharmacists’ experiences on the front lines of healthcare delivery.
“We look forward to continuing to advocate for policies that will prove effective in improving the health and safety of individuals, of families, and of the communities served by NACDS members.”
“NACDS urges policies related to accelerating electronic prescribing; limiting initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain; a nationwide prescription drug monitoring program; and drug disposal. Our policy recommendations in these areas build on pharmacy’s long-standing work in the areas of compliance programs; helping to pioneer and advance electronic prescribing; fostering safe prescription drug disposal; patient education; security initiatives; promoting naloxone access; stopping illegal online drug-sellers and rogue clinics; and more.
“NACDS has valued the opportunity to engage on this issue consistently with the Trump Administration and with bipartisan Congressional leaders. Earlier this month, NACDS members from all 50 states traveled to Washington, D.C. and reached every Senate and House of Representatives office with our recommendations on opioid policies. This engagement in the national policy discussion reflects pharmacy’s long-standing and ongoing commitment to serve as part of the solution on this issue. We look forward to continuing to advocate for policies that will prove effective in improving the health and safety of individuals, of families, and of the communities served by NACDS members.”