Advocates plan rally in D.C. to address opioid concerns
Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing is joining seven other organizations looking to the federal government for help.
"The rally is a call to action for an urgent, coordinated federal response to the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths," said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of PROP. "More specifically, we want our federal agencies to work together on strategies to prevent new cases of opioid addiction, to prevent drug overdose deaths, and to expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment."
Called Fed Up! Rally for a Federal Response to the Opioid Epidemic, the event is planned for the Upper Senate Park at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 1 from noon to 2 p.m.
Kolodny will speak on opioids and overprescribing during the National Workers' Compensation and Disability ConferenceŽ & Expo, produced by LRP Publications.
PROP filed a petition asking the Food and Drug Administration to revise the labels on opioid pain medications. The organization says the change would prevent drug companies from claiming "that the pain medications are safe and effective for long-term use by non-cancer patients," PROP has stated.
By Nancy Grover
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August 26, 2013
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