The following statement is attributable to:
Bobby Mukkamala, MD
Chair, American Medical Association Board of Trustees
Chair, AMA Opioid Task Force    

“On this day, we need to remember the hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths that have claimed our friends and family. This epidemic has been unsparing.

“As illicit fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine are making worse the nation’s overdose and death epidemic, the AMA is calling on policymakers and all public and commercial insurance companies to remove barriers to evidence-based care. Patients with pain and patients with a mental illness or substance use disorder have suffered enough.  Ending this epidemic is possible, and the AMA is prepared to work with all stakeholders to implement proven solutions to improve outcomes and reduce death.”

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