AMA ‘roadmap’ highlights ways to end opioid epidemic

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a ‘National Roadmap on State-Level Efforts to End the Opioid Epidemic’ that highlights best practices and some of the lessons that have been learned at the state level.

The roadmap includes six key recommendations, including the need to…

– Improve access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder by removing prior authorization and other barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and ensure that MAT is affordable.

– Increase oversight and enforcement of mental health and substance use disorder parity laws.

– Ensure that networks are adequate and allow timely access to addiction medicine physicians and other health care professionals and bolster and support the opioid use disorder treatment workforce.

– Increase the accessibility of comprehensive pain care, including non-opioid and non-pharmacologic options.

– Expand the accessibility of overdose-reversing drugs and coordinating care for patients in crisis.

– Evaluate policies and outcomes to identify what’s working, building on successful efforts, and identifying policies and programs that need to be revised or rescinded.

Contact Daniel Blaney-Koen at Daniel.Blaney-Koen@ama-assn.org with questions related to the AMA roadmap.

AMA ‘National Roadmap: State-Level Efforts to End Opioid Epidemic’

AMA ‘National Roadmap: State-Level Efforts to End Opioid Epidemic’ press release