Evidence-Based Management of Substance Use Disorders: The Texas Medical Association believes that substance use disorders are complex diseases with biological, psychological, and sociological components, and that these disorders should be recognized and treated as are all other diseases. TMA believes that effectively addressing substance use disorders requires major initiatives for prevention, risk reduction, and treatment, inclusive of the following strategies for physician education and for improving public health programming to address these disorders in Texas.
- Physician education on:
- The evidence-based prescription of addicting medications, especially benzodiazepines and opiates;
- The increased public- and private-sector access to nonpharmacological management of pain and anxiety;
- The goal of universal screening of adolescents and adults including pregnant and postpartum women for substance use disorders as part of their preventive and primary care; and
- Improving public- and private-sector access to evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for all substance use disorders for which such an intervention is clinically indicated.
- Public health programming to:
- Improve public- and private-sector access to evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders, and aggressive, early linkage of patients in need;
- Support public health policymaker commitments to financing improved data collection on drug overdoses and fatalities and to a robust public health response to the data;
- Increase the availability of harm reduction measures for current users, including access to clean syringes, naloxone, and Housing-First recovery models; and
- Continue federal and local efforts to interrupt access to illegally obtained drugs. (CSPH Rep. 7-A-18)
Last Updated On
August 14, 2018