Recent declines in U.S. life expectancy, increases in premature mortality, and the overdose epidemic are a call to action for physicians and public health leaders. The AMA is driving innovative physician collaborations with patients, communities, and public and private sector organizations to bring awareness and consistent improvements in health outcomes.
The national discussion needs to change - individuals with substance use disorders and mental health disorders are our patients who need compassionate treatment.Explore
Effectively implementing optimal policies, prevention strategies, and interventions, will require coordination of stakeholders and accurate, timely, and actionable information on both fatal and nonfatal overdoses.Explore
“As a physician who has treated patients with addiction for more than 20 years, it’s important to note that as we expand treatment and save lives, we are taking decisive actions to end the stigma surrounding addiction in health care.”
— Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, Director, White House Office of Drug Control Policy