The American Medical Association (AMA) believes that science and compassion must continue to guide patient care and policy change as the nation’s opioid epidemic has become a more dangerous and complicated illicit drug overdose epidemic. The data shows that current policies are insufficient to increase access to evidence-based care for substance use disorders, pain and harm reduction initiatives. The AMA’s Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force formed to directly address the changing drug overdose epidemic, focus on removing racial, gender, sexual orientation and other health-related inequities, and provide updated recommendations to physicians, policymakers and other stakeholders.

The following national, state, and specialty societies are members of the Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force:

Physicians must continue to lead, and policymakers must base further action on evidence-based interventions. The Task Force’s five recommendations build on previous work.

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