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Prescription Drug Abuse Requires an Encompassing Approach

More than 36,000 physicians are now trained and authorized to provide in-office buprenorphine treatment to their patients, but of the many actions that physicians can take, it is important they do a better job of talking with patients about the risks of opioid analgesics, safe storage and disposal, and the risk of opioid use disorder and non-opioid pain management. The American Medical Association’s Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse is continuing its efforts to increase education on opioid misuse and abuse and ways to prevent it, improve access to naloxone and treatment, reduce the stigma of substance use disorders, and encourage registration for, and use of, state prescription drug monitoring programs. Learn more here.

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