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AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 30, 2019) — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) has joined the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and more than 100 organizations throughout the United States in a commitment to reversing national trends in opioid misuse and overdose. The announcement was made on April 30 at a meeting of the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.
“The opioid epidemic is one of the most devastating public health crises of the modern era, impacting individuals, families and communities across the nation,” said National Academy of Medicine (NAM) President Victor J. Dzau. "NAM is privileged to lead this action collaborative, which will work to develop collective solutions and advance those with the most potential to reverse or stem the crisis. We are thrilled to see such a robust commitment from organizations across the country in joining with us to be part of the solution.”
“With millions of people currently suffering from substance use disorder, AANP believes that access to treatment delivered by nurse practitioners (NPs) is a vital part of ending this crisis,” said AANP president Joyce Knestrick. “We remain committed to offering our members a variety of educational opportunities, both in person and through our continuing education center, on the management and treatment of pain, including the required medication-assisted therapies (MATs) training. Since first being authorized to prescribe MATs to patients in 2016 and enacted in 2017, more than 10,320 NPs have become waivered, creating more than 400,000 potential access points for treatment. AANP is proud of our commitment to ending this epidemic and will remain a source of education and support for our members and their patients.”
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NPs' patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. For more information and to locate an NP in your community, visit WeChooseNPs.org.