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Every day, an estimated 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose – a grim statistic that has devastated families and communities around the nation. Due to the complex and urgent nature of the epidemic, reversing the opioid crisis will require a multi-sectoral and multi-pronged response; no organization, government agency, or sector can solve this crisis on its own. Within the past year alone, numerous initiatives, reports, guidelines, and recommendations have been developed to address the epidemic across the public and private sectors. With so much activity underway, strong mechanisms to support better coordination, information-sharing, and evidence-based practice are needed.

To improve coordination and accelerate the pace of change, the National Academy of Medicine has partnered with the Aspen Institute and more than 55 other organizations to form an Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. This one-of-a-kind public-private partnership comprises government, communities, health systems, provider groups, payers, industry, nonprofits, academia, and more – all committed to sharing knowledge, aligning ongoing initiatives, and advancing collective, multisector solutions. Future activities of the Action Collaborative will span public meetings, expert publications, and the development of an information hub, among other efforts. The Action Collaborative will complete its work according to a mission, set of goals, and guiding principles. 



Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives, a new report from the National Academies that examined the evidence base for medications to treat opioid use disorder and identify barriers that prevent people from accessing such treatment. Read the report online or download  a free PDF>>


Join the Action Collaborative as a Network Organization

To provide an opportunity for organizations across the country to discuss, share plans of action, and collaboratively accelerate change in reversing the opioid crisis, the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic is collecting statements describing organizational goals or commitments to action in the following focus areas:

  1. Health professional education and training
  2. Opioid prescribing guidelines and evidence standards
  3. Prevention, treatment, and recovery
  4. Research, data, and metrics 

If your organization has already undertaken or is committed to action in countering the opioid epidemic, we invite you to submit an organizational commitment statement. These statements will be posted on the NAM website and may be shared with the press and/or used at future Action Collaborative meetings.

By sharing a commitment statement, you are joining the Action Collaborative as a network organization committed to reversing the U.S. opioid epidemic. Learn more >>

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