AMA Task Force: 5 Things Physicians Can do to Prevent Opioid Abuse

The AMA Task Force believes that physicians have a professional obligation to reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic. The five goals of the task force are: 1. Increase physicians’ registration and use of effective Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) 2. Enhance physicians’ education on effective, evidence-based prescribing 3. Reduce the stigma of pain and promote comprehensive assessment and treatment 4. Reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and enhance access to treatment 5. Expand access to naloxone in the community and through co-prescribing Related from NCPIE: PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION: Resources for Community Action.