On April 30, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) announced its commitment to the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. As a network organization, the foundation joins an expanding interdisciplinary and cross-sector network working toward reversing national trends in opioid misuse, abuse and overdose.
“Joining the Action Collaborative as a Network Organization strategically aligns with the Foundation’s mission to promote safe, effective, drug-free care to manage pain prior to the utilization of prescription opioids,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP, who points out that the Foundation has been actively growing its own campaign, Save Lives, Stop Opioid Abuse, Choose Chiropractic, during the last three years. “When 130 lives a day are being lost to an opioid-related overdose, the critical need for organizations to come together and share their insight is accentuated and critical to the improvement of public health.”
The Foundation commits itself to creating and sharing evidence-based strategies that adhere to the Action Collaborative’s focus areas:
- Health professional education and training
- Opioid prescribing guidelines and evidence standards
- Prevention, treatment and recovery services
- Research, data and metrics needs
McAllister stated, “Since 2016, the Foundation has developed and distributed three Opioid Toolkits complete with white papers, press releases, advertisements, infographics, social media content, public service announcements and more, which each educate the public about safer, more effective, non-pharmacological care options, including chiropractic care.”
She continued, “Becoming a Network Organization ignites another fire within the Foundation to continue its mission and active role in countering the opioid epidemic, but this time alongside a powerful force of like-minded organizations who are equally as passionate about conquering the same battle. The Foundation looks forward to sharing its resources and advances toward a healthier future with NAM and its Network Organizations, and positioning safer pain management options at the forefront of health care.”
The Action Collaborative is a public-private partnership which includes government, communities, health systems, provider groups, payers, industry, nonprofits, academia and more, all dedicated to sharing knowledge, aligning ongoing initiatives and advancing collective, multi-sector solutions.
About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit f4cp.org; or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).