American Medical Association to Help Physicians Prevent Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Opioids

At its interim meeting, the House of Delegates directed the American Medical Association to promote physician training and competence on the proper use of controlled substances, according to an AMA report.

The AMA will also encourage doctors to use screening tools from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and state prescription drug monitoring programs to identify patients likely to abuse prescription drugs. All states but Missouri and New Hampshire have laws on the books, but 12 states have not provided funding.

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