Opioid abuse and addiction to illegal opioids like heroin and fentanyl has become a nation-wide epidemic with a tremendous peril on human lives, the labor participation rate, businesses, and economic growth.
Just as there is no single cause and no single party responsible for the opioid epidemic, there is no single solution.
Successfully combatting this epidemic requires contributions from numerous stakeholders, including: insurers, physicians, federal regulatory agencies, law enforcement, businesses, and local communities. It also requires a broad range of policy changes, including:
Expanding access to treatment
Revising existing prescribing practices
Expediting non-addictive alternatives for pain management
Increasing the interdiction of illegal narcotics
In 2018, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation convened leaders from government, nonprofits and industry to identify and pursue solutions to this national crisis at an all-day event entitled “