AMA: Physicians making progress to reverse opioid epidemic

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new fact sheet that shows that physicians are making progress to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic. AMA says that, “While much more work remains to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic, using tools such as prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP), medication-assisted treatment, and naloxone, physicians are making progress.”

AMA reports that…

– Every state in the nation saw a reduction in opioid prescribing in 2015—an overall 10.6 percent decrease nationally.
– From 2012 to 2016 there has been an 81 percent increase in physicians certified to treat substance use disorders – more than 33,000 across all 50 states.
– According to the CDC, 15 states saw reductions in the numbers of people dying in 2014 compared to 2013 due to drug overdoses.
– AMA research based on responses from more than 40 states found that state-based PDMP were checked nearly 85 million times in 2015—a 40 percent increase over 2014. Increases were seen in states with and without mandates to use a PDMP.
– An AMA survey found that nearly 50,000 courses related to opioid prescribing, pain management, or other related areas have been accessed and/or completed by physicians since October 2015. New AMA-created continuing medical education (CME) products will be released soon.
– In the second quarter of 2015, 4,291 prescriptions were dispensed, a 1,170 percent increase over prescriptions in the fourth quarter of 2013. The AMA encourages physicians to co-prescribe naloxone to patients – or their family members where allowed by state law – at risk of overdose.

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