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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 COVID-19 has impacted the nation’s opioid epidemic. Dr. Salisbury-Afshar is

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New study finds parents need to remember to take medication storage precautions

April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020 The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging parents and all those with medications in the home to remember the importance of safe storage and disposal during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reminder comes at a time in light of a new study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center finding that while 78 percent of […]

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Language matters: ASAM updates definition of “addiction”

April 22, 2020

Language always matters to addiction medicine physician Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH. “Whether we are talking to our patients about medical concerns—or to policymakers about terminology—we must be clear, honest and accurate.” Dr. Olsen explained that the emphasis on using correct terminology is one of the prime reasons why the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) […]

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Dr. Patrice Harris on 2019 AMA Opioid Task Force Progress Report

August 26, 2019

We are at a crossroads in our nation’s efforts to end the opioid epidemic. It is time to end delays and barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—evidence-based care proven to save lives; time for payers, PBMs and pharmacy chains to reevaluate and revise policies that restrict opioid therapy to patients based on arbitrary thresholds; and time to commit to […]

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