Citing the statistic that opioid abuse and addiction are claiming 44 lives per day in the US, the American Society of Anesthesiologists announced last week that they are joining the American Medical Association (AMA) Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse and along with its recommendations to prescribers to combat this health crisis. The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse is comprised of 27 physician, specialty, state, and other healthcare organizations, including the American Dental Association, that are committed to identifying ways to combat this public health crisis and move swiftly to implement those practices across the country. The new initiative will seek to significantly enhance physicians’ education on safe, effective, and evidence-based prescribing.
As a first line of attack, the task force is mounting a campaign to urge physicians to register for and use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as part of the decision-making process when considering treatment options. When PDMPs are fully funded, contain relevant clinical information, and are available at the point of care, they have been shown to be an effective tool to help physicians identify patients who may be misusing opioids and to implement treatment strategies including referrals for those in need of further care.
PDMPs will be discussed at PAINWeek 2015. For more information, read an interview with Dr. Foster, who will be presenting the course, PDMP’s—A Nail in Search of a Hammer.
How do clinicians use PDMPs? Read about it here.
Read a news story about the initiative here.
Did you know that some PDMPs are tailored to ER environments? Click here to learn more.
A link to the AMA web page on PDMPs with other resources for prescribers may be found here.