“Confronted by the gravity of an opioid epidemic that contributes to the deaths of 91 Americans daily, the nation’s physicians are making much greater use of state prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMPs), reducing opioid prescriptions, and increasing prescriptions for the life-saving antidote naloxone. Tens of thousands of physicians nationwide are now certified to provide office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid-use disorders, yet there remains a treatment gap that leaves too many patients who want help unable to get it.
These were some of the key points covered by Patrice A. Harris, MD, chair of the AMA Task Force to Reduce Prescription Opioid Abuse, during a recent talk at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. The summit, held in Atlanta, is perhaps the nation’s largest and most influential meeting of policymakers, health professionals, law enforcement and public health advocates devoted to addressing the opioid epidemic.
Source; AMA-ASSN.org – April 25, 2017