“Opioid abuse is a serious public health problem that has reached crisis levels across the United States, with 44 people dying each day from overdose of opioids, and many more becoming addicted. Recognizing the urgency and serious impact of this issue on the health of hundreds of thousands of patients across the country, today the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced that it has joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical organizations to address the growing epidemic.
The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse comprises 27 physician organizations including the APA, AMA, American Osteopathic Association, 17 specialty and seven state medical societies, and the American Dental Association. Task force members are committed to identifying the best practices to combat this public health crisis and move swiftly to implement those practices across the country.
“We have joined together as part of this special Task Force because we collectively believe that it is our responsibility to work together to provide a clear road map that will help bring an end to this public health epidemic,” said AMA Board Chair-elect Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A. “We are committed to working long-term on a multi-pronged, comprehensive public health approach to end opioid abuse in America.”
Source: Psychiatry.org – July 29, 2015