Reversing the Epidemic

America’s overdose epidemic has been characterized as 4 distinct and interrelated epidemics: prescription opioids, heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, and stimulants. Even though physicians have decreased prescribing of opioid analgesics, America’s patients are currently facing a drug overdose – both fatal and non-fatal – epidemic that is fueled by illicit drugs, including counterfeit fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, psychostimulants, heroin, cocaine, and drug combinations.

2020 AMA Opioid Task Force Drug Overdose Report

Sharp reductions in prescription opioid supply, continued increases in PDMP use, but staggering increase in fatalities involving illicit opioids, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine were demonstrated last year. AMA calls on policymakers and others to remove barriers to evidence-based care for patients with pain and those with a substance use disorder.

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Advocacy

The AMA Opioid Task Force, Pain Care Task Force and Cannabis Task Force work to inform lawmakers, guide decision-making and generate support for policies on critical issues that impact physicians, patients and health care policy and practice at both the national and state levels.

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Awareness

The AMA offers high-quality resources related to the use of data to shift from “response” to “prevention” of overdose, stigma, and educational opportunities for physicians and other medical professionals who seek to stay current and continuously improve the care they provide.

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Data Dashboard

Using accurate, comprehensive data to inform policies and clinical practice is essential to implementing best practices and reversing the nation's overdose and death epidemic.

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Highlights

Physicians demonstrate leadership every day in their practice to help patients with pain and those with a substance use disorder. These are a few of their stories.

AMA Opioid Task Force 2020 Progress Report

Sharp reductions in prescription opioid supply, continued increases in PDMP use, but staggering increase in fatalities involving illicit opioids, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine were demonstrated in 2019.

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AMA President joined by addiction medicine and pain medicine physicians to discuss how nation’s opioid epidemic has been exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic

AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, was joined by Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, and Steven Stanos, MD, May 29 in an AMA COVID-19 UPDATE podcast to discuss how CO

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Reforming pain management education for the next generation of physicians

After seven years in private practice, Rachel Franklin, MD, returned to where she finished her residency in family medicine and saw a need to improve the way the family medicine center treated its pain patients. She started from the ground

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Stigma

What is Stigma? Stigma is defined as a set of negative beliefs that a group or society holds about a group of people or people who demonstrate a particular behavior. Stigma is a major cause of discrimination and exclusion and it c

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Advocating for forgotten populations during COVID-19

Homelessness, incarceration and opioid use disorder present unique challenges for the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic, write three public health physicians in t

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