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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. 


Proud to Announce Our 125+ Network Organizations

We are so pleased to announce that over 125 organizations across the nation have joined the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic as network organizations! These network organizations span academia, consultants, professional societies, payers, accreditors, nonprofits, industry, government, and community organizations. See all of our network organizations>>

Our call for network organizations remains open! Please consider joining us in committing to being part of the solution.

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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>>