APA Pledges to Help Curb Opioid Epidemic

ARLINGTON, Va. — In the wake of today’s release of the final report by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“The APA welcomes the final report because it helps bring much-needed attention to this crisis. We are still reviewing the report’s contents for a full evaluation, but we stand ready to work with the administration, Congress and the states to help provide education, funding, training and support to address the opioid crisis. Our organization trains thousands of clinicians each year in the diagnosis and treatment of those with opioid use disorders. Additionally, we are an active partner in the Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment coalition funded by SAMHSA. This national initiative provides training and mentoring in response to the prescription opioid misuse epidemic and increases the availability of pharmacotherapies to address opioid use disorder. Our more than 37,000 members are well aware of the impact this crisis is having in their communities and are working to provide the necessary care to curb the epidemic.”

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

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