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AMA Opioid Task Force

The AMA Opioid Task Force recognizes the need for increased physician leadership, a greater emphasis on overdose prevention and treatment, and the need to coordinate and amplify the efforts and best practices already occurring across the country. Much more work remains to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic, and the AMA Opioid Task Force is committed to doing what is necessary to end the epidemic.

Goals of the Task Force

The AMA Opioid Task Force encourages physicians to take 6 actions:

  • Register and use state prescription drug monitoring programs
  • Enhance education and training
  • Support comprehensive treatment for pain and substance use disorders
  • Help end stigma
  • Co-prescribe naloxone to patients at risk of overdose
  • Encourage safe storage and disposal of opioids and all medications