Opioid use disorder (OUD) frequently begins with a legitimately prescribed pain medication. ODL is not advocating to remove all pain medication we are merely advocating for the opportunity to receive alternatives to a prescription.
Recently, a bipartisan group of members of Congress in both the House and the Senate have introduced the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation Act (“NOPAIN Act”). This important piece of legislation is designed to increase the utilization of non-opioid acute pain management approaches pain by updating outdated reimbursement policies. Currently, limited reimbursement for non-opioid treatments and therapies has limited patient and provider access to these approaches. To address this, the NOPAIN Act would provide better reimbursement for such approaches and give patients and providers a choice in how they manage pain with options that are safe, effective, and non-addictive.
We hope that you will weigh in with your Members of Congress and express support for the legislation. Join Overdose Lifeline and Voices in supporting this critical effort and let your lawmakers know that you want their support. Please visit our Action Center here to join the fight and let Congress know that we can prevent opioid addiction before it begins and, to do so, we need to enact the NOPAIN Act.