The website for the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) Consortium is now live to support efforts to address opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery.
ACP is one of the partner organizations behind the STR-TA Consortium. Earlier this year, ACP received a $50,000 sub-award from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) to help combat the nation's opioid crisis. Funding for this initiative was made possible in part by grant no. 1H79TI080816-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (Of note, the views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.)*
The College's role will be to support recruitment of ACP members to work with AAAP's coalition and to identify local medical champions. ACP will offer expertise on using a quality improvement framework to reduce opioid use, support local and regional participation in the program, and serve in an advisory capacity for the broader program.
In March 2017, ACP released a position paper, “Health and Public Policy to Facilitate Effective Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Involving Illicit and Prescription Drugs,” that recommended treating substance use disorders as chronic medical conditions through public and individual health interventions.