Cosponsor the Opioid Patients' Right to Know Act

With opioid overdose deaths continuing to rise to unprecedented levels, prescription opioids continue to present a danger, with more than 153 million opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2019, almost one prescription for every two Americans. While most people who take prescription opioids will not develop addiction, patients and their families should be advised of the risks and alternatives whenever these medications are prescribed. Many remain unaware of the level of addictiveness of opioids and of alternative treatment options to opioids.

We urge you to send the below message to your Representative to encourage them to cosponsor the Opioid Patients’ Right to Know Act (H.R. 1185), which would incentivize states to require prescribers to discuss the addictive qualities of opioids and alternative treatment options prior to prescribing opioids for acute pain, helping patients make informed decisions about their treatment.  

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Cosponsor the Opioid Patients' Right to Know Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to urge you to cosponsor the Opioid Patients' Right to Know Act (H.R. 1185), which would incentivize states to require prescribers to discuss the addictive qualities of opioids and alternative treatment options.

While most people who take prescription opioids will not develop addiction, patients and their families should be advised of the risks and alternatives whenever these medications are prescribed. Unused prescription opioids can be diverted and misused by individuals beyond the one for whom the prescription was written, increasing the risk for addiction and overdose. Those in recovery from addiction also face increased risk of relapse and overdose when prescribed opioids. Nevertheless, many people are unaware of the level of addictiveness of opioids and of alternative treatment options to opioids.

The Opioid Patients' Right to Know Act would create a grant program to incentivize states to require prescribers to discuss the addictive qualities of opioids and alternative treatment options prior to prescribing opioids for acute pain.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope you will cosponsor the Opioid Patients' Right to Know Act to help patients make informed decisions about their treatment amid the worsening addiction and overdose crisis.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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