‘CEPOP Salutes’ Webinar: Hospital Networks Lead Efforts to Reduce Opioid-Related Injuries

The Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP) recently announced CEPOP Salutes – a series of awards to recognize and highlight the good work of individuals and organizations across the array of stakeholders in the comprehensive response to opioid abuse, misuse, and diversion.
There will be a WebEx webinar on August 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. […]

August 2nd, 2016|News|

‘CEPOP Salutes’ Award Debuted: Recognizing Leaders in Solving the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

CEPOP is proud to announce a series of awards to recognize and highlight the good work of individuals and organizations in the comprehensive response to opioid abuse, misuse, and diversion.

July 11th, 2016|News|

axialHealthcare and CEPOP Convene April 5 Tennessee Event

All CEPOP participants are invited to a statewide event in Nashville co-hosted by axialHealthcare and CEPOP to discuss solutions to the opioid abuse challenges facing that region.  A draft agenda is attached.  For more information on how to participate, please contact John Donahue at

March 3rd, 2016|Events, News|

CEPOP Advocates for Missouri PDMP

Last month, CEPOP members sent a letter (click here) to the Missouri legislature, showing support for the enactment of a state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) and offering suggestions for legislation:

• Implement technological improvements to facilitate secure access to the PDMP through
electronic health information systems as expeditiously as possible;
• Allow for record retention for a reasonable […]

March 3rd, 2016|News|

CARA Support Letter

Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy:

The Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP) involves over 60 diverse organizations working toward a comprehensive and balanced policy strategy to reduce prescription opioid abuse and promote treatment options.  The undersigned members of CEPOP are writing to encourage the Committee’s action on S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA).

As you know, prescription drug abuse is a growing public health crisis.  Approximately 6.1 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs and more than 60 Americans die every day from a prescription drug overdose. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999 and now outnumber deaths from all illicit drugs combined. […]

February 12th, 2016|News|

Final FY16 Appropriations Advocacy

Recently, CEPOP led an advocacy campaign to support strategic funding to help battle opioid abuse in the Omnibus Appropriations legislation. That effort was supported by 19 organizations.

To read the funding letter sent to the Committee on Appropriations, please click here.

January 6th, 2016|News|

CEPOP Convenes Congressional Briefing on Innovation to Prevent Opioid Abuse

Over 50 participants attended a congressional briefing to learn how new therapies, precision medicine, big data, and disposal technologies are helping in the effort to stem this epidemic.  Congressman Ami Bera, MD provided views on the policy efforts which are needed from his perspective as both a physician and lawmaker.

(From left to right: Gen. Dean, […]

January 6th, 2016|News|

CEPOP Lunch Briefing – Innovations to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

Join CEPOP on Thursday, December 3 at the Capitol Visitors Center to learn how precision medicine, big data, disposal technology, new therapies,  and other innovative approaches are helping to confront the opioid abuse epidemic.

The lunch is from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

The full invitation can be found here.

December 2nd, 2015|News|

CEPOP Leader Talks to Chairman Upton as Subcommittee Hearing Unfolds

CEPOP co-founder Mary Bono sat down with House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Upton to discuss the current policy landscape surrounding prescription opioid abuse. The meeting came as the E&C Health Subcommittee was reviewing several legislative proposals to address different dimensions of the epidemic.

October 30th, 2015|News|

CEPOP Participants Meet with CDC Director Frieden on FY 2017 Agency Plan and Proposed Prescription Guidelines

Last month, CEPOP members met with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden to discuss the agency’s unfolding FY 2017 initiatives, and to learn more about the CDC’s draft guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.  CEPOP will continue advocacy for the final FY 2017 appropriations and will develop comments on the proposed guidelines.

October 30th, 2015|News|