Physician Task Force Takes Aim at Opioid Abuse Crisis

The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse announced the first of several recommendations for halting America’s opioid abuse epidemic. The initial focus will be on urging physicians to use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs when considering treatment options. The task force is made up of 27 physician organizations including the American Medical Association. The new initiative will seek to significantly enhance physicians' education on safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing. This includes a new resource web page that houses vital information on PDMPs and their effectiveness for physician practices, as well as, a robust national marketing, social and communications campaign to significantly raise awareness of the steps that physicians can take to combat this epidemic and ensure they are aware of all options available to them for appropriate prescribing.