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ACSM Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Stephen Rice, FACSM, and Sen. Gillibrand
ACSM is supporting a proposed amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called the Preventing Overprescribing for Pain Act. The proposed legislation is an amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and a bill the Senate is set to vote on this week.

The proposed legislation would require the CDC to issue guidelines for the safe prescribing of opioids for the treatment of acute pain, which is a common instance among athletes seeking treatment for sports injuries. The CDC is currently only focused on guidelines for opioids prescribed to treat chronic pain. However, many individuals become addicted to opioids after taking prescriptions for acute pain. Acute pain includes pain following a broken bone, wisdom tooth extraction, or other surgeries, whereas chronic pain is long-term pain that can last weeks, months or years. Also, ACSM recently met with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and a report on that will be in next week’s SMB.

Don’t forget: ACSM’s Capitol Hill Day takes place next week! In partnership with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, the event will present ACSM members with the opportunity to interact with elected leaders and staff in Washington, DC, on issues that are central to the ACSM agenda: legislation establishing regular review of federal physical activity guidelines and legislation to create incentives for physical activity through pre-tax medical accounts. If you would like to participate, or if you would like more information, please email Monte Ward. more

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