Using a collective impact approach for surveillance of drug overdoses to inform targeted drug-related prevention, treatment, policy-making, and harm reduction strategies is a core focus of work at the AMA.

The AMA is working to advance a public health approach to surveillance that can inform targeted drug-related prevention, treatment, and policy-making, as well as harm reduction strategies.

The AMA urges additional policy changes to accurately track overdose and mortality trends to provide equitable public health interventions that include comprehensive, disaggregated, racial and ethnic data collection related to testing, hospitalization, and mortality associated with opioids and other substances.

Shift from Response to Prevention

Collective Impact of Stakeholders

Each stakeholder plays an important role in the fight to end the drug overdose epidemic, but when stakeholders collaborate, the impact is far greater. This is true for preventative and treatment measures, policies surrounding overdoses, and surveillance efforts.


Total dispensed prescriptions for naloxone in retail pharmacies (2012-2021)

From 2016 to 2021, naloxone prescriptions dispensed from pharmacies increased from almost 134,000 to nearly 1.2 million prescriptions.

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