U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy mailed letters to the 2.3 million prescribers in America, outlining three key steps he wishes them to take in response to the opioid epidemic, according to CBS.
Here are the three steps:
1. Dr. Murthy calls on providers to enhance their prescribing practices, ensuring they are treating pain in a safe and effective manner.
2. The letter asks for improved access to treatment for patients who require it.
3. Dr. Murthy also asks providers to help change the country's narrative about addiction.