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The event discussed the challenges posed by the current overprescription of opioids in the United States, how this pattern leads to unnecessarily high rates of opioid addiction and dependence, and how federal policy changes can address this problem. Delegates left the meeting with an understanding of how federal policy can work to address this problem as well as how current federal policies may unnecessarily exacerbate the current opioid addiction epidemic in the United States. Specifically, delegates at the meeting discussed federal policy approaches to:

  • Improve care for acute pain patients in the United States;
  • Reduce unnecessary exposure to prescription opioids for acute pain patients; and
  • Raise awareness of evidence-based non-opioid approaches to acute pain management.
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