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AANP, AAPA and ASAM partner to improve access to Medication Assisted Therapy

Austin, TX The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), who collectively represent over 350,000 clinicians, are dedicated to increasing access to and improving the quality of addiction treatment for patients across the country. With the opioid addiction and overdose crisis continuing to significantly impact the country, our organizations have partnered in an effort to assist clinicians gain access to training and understand the federal and state policies that impact how substance use disorder and addiction treatment is provided to its citizens.

This week, our partnership launched an additional effort to coordinate with licensure boards on disseminating information about the regulatory requirements health care professionals need to be aware of as they treat patients. To date, over three thousand NPs and PAs have completed the required training for prescribing Medication Assisted Therapy for Substance Use Disorder. We are encouraged by the response of our memberships to address the national need for additional access to treatment for individuals with Substance Use Disorder, and look forward to working to bring added care to our communities.