Our nation continues to grapple with the impact of the opioid epidemic. As a member of the interprofessional healthcare team, pharmacists use pain management plans to ensure that patients’ pain is appropriately managed, work with other providers to select the best possible therapies, monitor those therapies, educate the patient and other members of the team, and help identify the signs of addiction.

Despite their clinical expertise, many states have not utilized pharmacists in the fight against opioid use disorder (OUD). Congress recently eliminated the X-waiver, a federal barrier to pharmacists prescribing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). States should take action to use pharmacists in their communities to improve access to MOUDs.

How ASHP is Working to Protect Patients

Urge policymakers to fully utilize pharmacists in the fight against OUD by: