The AMA has collected more than 400 educational and other resources to provide evidence-based recommendations for physicians and policymakers.

Advocacy and Action to End the Opioid Epidemic by the AMA Opioid Task Force

By Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, Chair, AMA Opioid Task Force; Bobby Mukkamala, MD, Chair AMA Pain Care Task Force

America’s drug overdose epidemic: Select 2020 research

Updated September 16, 2020

Reportable and Notifiable Conditions

Language Matters to the American Medical Association

The words we use to describe someone can influence attitudes, beliefs, and behavior toward them, including the care decisions physicians make.

Pain Care: Key Definitions

AMA Fact sheet: Physicians’ and health care professionals’ use of state PDMPs increases 64.4 percent from 2014 to 2019; 739 million queries in 2019

Principles of Pain Care from the AMA Pain Care Task Force

Negative Stigma of Methadone

Methadone: Frequently Asked Questions

The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)

Buprenorphine Maintenance vs. Methadone Maintenance or Placebo for Opioid Use Disorder

Putting Evidence Into Practice: Buprenorphine Maintenance vs. Methadone Maintenance or Placebo for Opioid Use Disorder. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH, Heartland Health Outreach, Chicago, Illinois. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Feb 1;91(3):165-166.

Opioid Use Disorder: Medical Treatment Options

Many patients with opioid use disorder are treated in primary care, where effective addiction treatment can be provided. Family physicians are ideally positioned to diagnose opioid use disorder, provide evidence-based treatment with buprenorphine or naltrexone, refer patients for methadone as appropriate, and lead the response to the current opioid crisis. Am Fam Physician. 2019 Oct 1;100(7):416-425.

AMA Opioid Task Force

The AMA Opioid Task Force urges physicians and other health care professions to continue taking action to help reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic—and the Task Force also calls on policymakers to take specific steps to remove barriers to evidence-based care for patients with pain and those with a substance use disorder.

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