Surgeon general says opioid fight will be "grassroots"
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams today said the country's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic will need to draw on pastors, teachers and other community leaders in addition to federal agencies and the public and private sectors.
Other key takeaways from his appearance at the Milken Institute's Future of Health summit:
The fixes: "Better education, better partnerships and adoption of evidence-based practices." He cited medication-assisted treatments and naloxone, which is used to counteract an overdose, as two approaches that work.
On reversing prescription trends, he cautioned pain relievers are effective and necessary for some at times. "We know that certain groups are disproportionately under-treated for their pain and we don't want to return to those days."
He's prioritizing a report about the economic facets of health. "Communities that don't have an investment from their companies as well as their government suffer disproportionately."