In a recent statement to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) CEO and Medical Director, Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., called for better coordination of opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing inside and outside the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Dr. Lewin also expressed concerns that better training is needed for VA staff that provides medication management to veterans with multiple medical conditions and veterans being treated for opioid dependence who also have co-occurring diagnoses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Dr. Levin provided the committee with information on free training resources developed jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the APA on the use of opioid therapies for treatment of opioid dependence and on the safe use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain.

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