Letter from ANNA and Other Organizations to Congress Regarding the Opioid Epidemic (Encouraging Legislation that Balances Restricting Opioid Availability to Prevent Abuse While Not Preventing Access for Individuals Receiving Palliative Care)

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ANNA joins other nursing organizations in encouraging legislators to address two topics of concern: (1) the unintentional restriction of opioids to patients who have a legitimate need and (2) increasing patient access to nonopioid pain treatments. They encourage Congress to continue efforts to restrict access to opioids to those who may be susceptible to abuse and to decrease inappropriate prescribing practices, but to also increase efforts to ensure that access is not denied to those receiving palliative care or suffering from end-of-life issues.