AMA report: Georgia making big strides in effort to combat opioid misuse   

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released its annual ‘Opioid Task Force Progress Report’ – which “highlights actions that physicians and medical societies have taken in several areas, including reductions in opioid prescriptions, increased use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), enhanced education, increased co-prescribing of naloxone, and increasing numbers of physicians certified to provide buprenorphine in-office for the treatment of opioid use disorder.”

AMA reports that physicians and other health care professionals in the U.S. increased their PDMP use by 56 percent between 2017 and 2018. According to AMA, the number of physician and other health care professional PDMP “queries” in Georgia rose from about 3 million in 2017 to nearly 6.6 million in 2018 – a 55-percent increase. 

AMA also notes that the number of physicians and other health care professionals who have registered with a state PDMP in the U.S. has risen to nearly 2 million. AMA says that the number of physicians and other health care professionals who have registered with Georgia’s PDMP has seen a three-fold increase in the last several years, going from about 18,000 in 2016 to more than 41,000 in 2017 and more than 54,000 in 2018.

And the AMA report shows that the number of retail prescriptions that are being filled for “all opioid analgesics” in Georgia has dropped from about 8.6 million in 2013 to some 6.7 million in 2018 – a 22.4 percent decrease. AMA also recorded an 11 percent decline in this metric between 2017 and 2018, dropping from 7.5 million to 6.7 million. 

Click for AMA ‘Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report’

Click for AMA National PDMP Use/Registration Summary

Click for AMA ‘State & National Totals of Retail Filled Prescriptions: All Opioid Analgesics, 2013-2018’ Summary