The "opioid epidemic" refers to the serious public health issue stemming from the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs. To date, there has been a lack of significant and structured partnerships with patients and families in developing strategies to address the epidemic. As a result, policies and programs are moving forward without contributions from people who are directly impacted.
IPFCC's latest White Paper, Partnering with Patients and Families to Strengthen Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic, provides recommendations that support progress in which all efforts to address the opioid epidemic are planned and implemented with patients, families, and communities.
As an initial step, IPFCC and PFCCparters collaborated to hold a Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) Summit on the Opioid Epidemic in June 2018. This White Paper expands upon the rich discussions that took place at the Summit.