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Register for and use your state PDMP

Preventing Opioid Abuse: Be Part of the Solution

More Physicians Trained to Treat Opioid Use Disorders

From 2012 to 2016 there has been an 81% increase in physicians certified to treat substance use disorders—more than 33,000 across all 50 states.3 Prescriptions to help treat opioid use disorders increased by 11% from 2014 to 2015.4

3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
4. IMS Health

What Can I Do to Prevent Opioid Abuse?

Opioid abuse is a national epidemic that you have the power to help prevent.

The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse wants physicians across the nation to join together and take action to prevent opioid abuse.

Here are five things you can do to prevent opioid abuse:

  1. Register and use your state prescription drug monitoring program to check your patient's prescription history.
  2. Educate yourself on managing pain and promoting safe, responsible opioid prescribing.
  3. Support overdose prevention measures, such as increased access to naloxone.
  4. Reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and enhance access to treatment.
  5. Ensure patients in pain aren't stigmatized and can receive comprehensive treatment.
Learn more about the AMA's ongoing state and federal advocacy work in combating prescription drug abuse and diversion