Billions approved for fight to end opioid epidemic
Omnibus budget bill includes nearly $4 billion for prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts.
Physicians call for better prescription drug-monitoring programs
Use of state prescription drug monitoring programs has grown significantly, but gaps remain—including a lack of data from VA pharmacies.
Training tomorrow’s physicians to help reverse the opioid epidemic
Jason Jerry, MD, uses medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid-use disorders and teaches residents how they can help reduce harm from the opioid epidemic.
Helping patients by using prescription drug monitoring programs
Prescription drug monitoring programs can be an effective tool for helping patients. One physician uses his PDMP to inform treatment options and discuss safety issues with patients.
3 things physicians should do when treating pain
Physicians treating patients with acute or chronic pain can benefit from 3 suggestions: use state PDMPs to improve care; focus on the patient’s goals not just the pain; and talk about overdose risk.
Physicians take steps to address opioid overdose epidemic
New policies adopted by the AMA address steps physicians can take to fight opioid overdose epidemic. Efforts cover the use of prescription drug monitoring programs; access to naloxone and adding addiction medicine as a sub-specialty.
Physicians identify ways to improve opioid overdose prevention
AMA survey of physicians reveals steps needed to end opioid epidemic. Focus on improving prescription drug monitoring programs, more specific continuing medical education, changes to health insurance, and co-prescribing naloxone.
Survey: Physicians support PDMPs, face limits with non-opioid therapy
The AMA released survey results showing support for policies to end the opioid epidemic, including improving PDMPs, education and ending barriers to care.
Medical residents battle opioid epidemic in Massachusetts
Medical residents at Boston hospitals led the way to gain access to the prescription drug monitoring program. This tool helps them reduce prescription opioid misuse and provides more informed care to their patients.