AMA President Confronts Opioid Epidemic

May 13, 2016
Policy Snapshot

The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on doctors to avoid opioids, and preferably use non-pharmacologic therapy and non-opioid pharmacologic therapy. In an open letter to doctors, AMA President Steven Stack said physicians should avoid initiating opioids for new patients with chronic non-cancer pain and should limit the amount of opioids prescribed in post-operative and acute settings by prescribing the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time if opioids are necessary.

Read Stack's letter here