Commitment Statement on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

We believe that every life is immeasurably valuable. Statistics, as grim as they are, fall short of delivering justice to the individual lives, families, and communities destroyed by the opioid epidemic.

In partnership with the National Academy of Medicine along with more than 100 organizations across the U.S.— including community organizations, hospitals, medical systems, academia, nonprofits, and health professional societies— have joined Carenodes Network in declaring their commitment to reversing national trends in opioid misuse and overdose.

This partnership provides an opportunity for organizations to discuss and share plans of action. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) collected statements from partner organizations describing current work and future goals to counter the opioid epidemic in the areas of health professional education and training; opioid prescribing guidelines and evidence standards; prevention, treatment, and recovery; and research, data, and metrics.

Carenodes Network Commitment Statement

We stand united with the cause of alleviating the suffering caused by the opioid epidemic. As such we commit to establishing, promoting, and fostering mechanisms by which we can increase our healthcare system’s capability to respond rapidly and effectively to this crisis without exacerbating the administrative burden on providers.

Our healthcare system is all too often all too confusing and fragmented. Systemic changes need to be part and parcel of addressing this crisis effectively. We exist to make it easy to obtain treatment.

By enabling a ‘no wrong door’ approach, Carenodes is committed to scaling the availability, and adoption of, substance use disorder screenings and referral to treatment. By breaking down silos and leveraging humanism in technology, we pledge to establish a universal gateway to services, resources, and care.

While so many effective tools—including evidence-based treatment modalities exist today–they are not being deployed effectively and in their entity. Carenodes is committed to enabling the mass adoption of these tools and resources. We believe that the guiding principle of “many in body, one in mind” is the only compass to apply—collectively we can make a difference.

May this commitment be forever enshrined and integrated with Carenodes Network’s DNA — in its intent, letter, and spirit. As we grow, it is easy to lose sight. But when those around us (including ourselves) are suffering, there can be no true joy.

Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Alex Yarijanian, CEO