Nurse practitioners have long been on the frontlines in the battle against opioid and heroin abuse, and a new effort from the White House, along with an endorsement from President Obama himself, has given nurse practitioners more abilities to combat these deadly addictions.
The president announced $1.1 billion in funding to help address the growing prescription opioid and heroin epidemic currently plaguing many Americans. Along with the added funding, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a pilot project that would allow nurse practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder treatment where allowed by state law.
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The effort would also expand availability to substance abuse treatment and medication to assist with opioid use disorders. The proposal, supported by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), has continued the trend of expanding the ability of NPs to provide vital primary care.
On the Frontlines
Nurse practitioners are uniquely placed to help addicts and less fortunate communities. The expanded efforts will give nurse practitioners across the country the ability to help combat debilitating addictions for millions of patients.
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