TNSAM represents addiction medicine physicians dedicated to providing the best medical care to patients afflicted with substance use disorders. We recognize that high-quality care can only be achieved in an environment where healthcare workers feel secure and protected. Recent reports and discussions highlight an urgent need to address workplace safety concerns affecting healthcare professionals nationwide.
We believe that safety is a collective responsibility and necessitates collaboration between staff, patients, and community stakeholders. No form of violence, intimidation, or harassment should be tolerated in facilities providing care to patients afflicted with substance use disorders.
To this end, we support:
- Regular assessments of potential risks in the workplace so proactive measures may be taken to mitigate these risks.
- Fostering a culture of open communication where staff can report safety concerns without fear of retribution.
- Training healthcare workers on de-escalation techniques, situational awareness, and emergency response.
- Collaboration with law enforcement and other organizations to stay informed on best practices for workplace safety.
- Initiatives aimed at enhancing safety across the healthcare sector.
We believe these actions can contribute to a healthcare environment where all professionals can work without fear, thereby enabling them to offer the best possible care to those in need.