Along with the rest of the nation, AMN Healthcare is alarmed by the opioid epidemic that claims the lives of 115 people each day in the United States.1 AMN recognizes that a well-coordinated, systemwide response is crucial to solving the epidemic; this solution necessarily involves the millions of healthcare professionals and other healthcare workers in the communities where we all live. Our expertise in workforce solutions and healthcare staffing, and our commitment to our communities, drive our support for enhanced information exchange and education for healthcare practitioners and patient-care organizations. We commit to expanding evidence-based education related to the healthcare workforce role in combatting the opioid crisis. This will include knowledge about:
- Improved pain management, such as non-pharmacological treatments and non-opioid pharmaceutical therapies;
- Safer opioid stewardship utilizing technology for improved supply chain security and coordinated care management to reduce opioid diversion and over-prescription;
- Standardizing and expanding the use of quality measures and other metrics about the opioid crisis, including for pain management, opioid prescription practices and substance use disorder treatment; and
- Support for healthcare professionals’ compliance with best practices that reduce unsafe opioid use.
AMN will help the healthcare workforce, patient-care organizations and our corporate team members become fully informed on the opioid crisis through evidence-based research and educational materials. Together, we can all make a difference in reversing an epidemic that is destroying lives, families and communities.
Authoritative guidance on clinical best practices and other information from the nation’s leading opioid experts are available to healthcare professionals and the public, including the following:
1Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER). Atlanta, GA: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2017. Available at http://wonder.cdc.gov.