Improve stakeholder and multi-sector collaboration in an effort to ensure that the patients, policymakers, employers, and communities benefit from evidence-based decisions. Policymakers should review laws and other policies to determine if they have had unintended consequences. Particular emphasis must be placed on efforts to ensure representation by marginalized and minoritized communities at every step in the clinical, policy and administrative processes. This also includes continuing efforts to build the workforce and enhance education and training with respect to pain, mental illness and SUDs for all health care professionals.

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