This is an executive summary of highlights from the 2023 report on physicians’ actions to help end the nation’s drug-related overdose and death epidemic—and what still needs to be done.
The American Medical Association Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force continues to advance evidence-based recommendations for policymakers and physicians to help end the nation’s drug-related overdose and death epidemic. In recent years we have witnessed positive actions from physicians, growth in harm reduction services, and policy advancements.
Tragically, these positive strides are hindered by a lack of meaningful implementation and enforcement of policies that support affordable, accessible and evidence-backed care for patients with substance use disorders, pain or those needing harm reduction services like naloxone, syringes and fentanyl test strips. Specifically, Black and Brown communities, pregnant individuals, and youth are disproportionately dying at increasing rates compared to other population groups.
We urge all stakeholders to come together to help reverse this national epidemic.
- View the 2012-2022 state-by-state opioid prescribing data (PDF)
- View the 2014-2022 state-by-state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data (PDF)
- View the 2012-2022 naloxone prescription data (PDF)
- View the 2012-2022 medications to treat opioid use disorder (MOUD) prescription data (PDF)
Learn more about the AMA Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force's recommendations to help physicians to take action on evidence-based interventions.
With an increased number of people reporting worsening mental health in recent years, it is imperative that people are aware of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) telephone program.
People experiencing a suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress can call, chat or text 988, and speak to trained crisis counselors. The national hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The previous National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will continue to be operational and route calls to 988 indefinitely.