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If you are a doctor

here are 5 things you can do now:

ASSESS the risk of others in a household diverting a patient’s pain medication and offer appropriate treatment
ADVOCATE for inclusion of pain and addiction issues in medical school curriculum
CALL for payors to grant access to all treatments pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic, including alternative therapies and ADFs
DEMAND elimination of ‘Fail-First’ hurdles to patient treatment
SHARE information about ADF opioids with your patients

If you are a patient

here are 5 things you can do now:

EDUCATE yourself about the facts about opioids, addiction and chronic pain
ASK your doctor about your treatment options: mental health treatment, alternative therapies, abuse deterrent opioids etc.
TELL your doctor: family history of addiction, active household, struggle with mental health
SHARE your story and facts: Call for a Change in the way we treat chronic pain, mental health, addiction
ADVOCATE for your treatment: get active, call Congress, be your own force for change

If you are a policy maker

here are 5 things you can do now:

BECOME INFORMED about the facts about opioids, addiction and chronic pain
DEVELOP comprehensive patient-first policies and solutions for prevention and treatment
REQUIRE a balanced approach to opioid prescribing, adopting socially responsible policies for both the pain and addiction community
CALL for payors to grant access to all treatments including alternative comprehensive pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies and ADFs
ADVOCATE: actions speak louder than words; change policy NOW

If you are an advocate

here are 5 things you can do now:

EDUCATE yourself about the facts about opioids, addiction and chronic pain
BECOME involved with our partner organizations like U.S. Pain Foundation, American Chronic Pain Association, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence
WRITE to your state legislator about killing Fail First/Step Therapy policies for opioids
CALL for payors to grant access to all treatments including alternative therapies and ADFs
DEMAND comprehensive patient-first policies and solutions for prevention and treatment

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Abigail Martin, Executive Director
Email: abigail@acallforachange.org