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American Medical Association President Steven J. Stack, M.D., called on all physicians to take action against the opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 250,000 lives in the past 15 years.

“We have a defining moment before us—the kind of moment that we will look back on in years to come as one in which we as a profession rose to the challenge to save our patients, our families and our communities during a time of crisis,” Dr. Stack wrote in a recent AMA call to action.

He encouraged all physicians to take five specific actions to fight opioid abuse:

  • Register for and use Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program.

  • Educate yourself about safe and appropriate prescribing.

  • Co-prescribe naloxone to patients at risk of overdose.

  • Get training to provide medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.

  • Speak out against stigma and stand up for what you know is right.

Click here to read Dr. Stack’s entire article.

  • LG Health/Penn Medicine will host two opioid case study discussions, March 29 and April 28, at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. For more information, see this month’s CME listing.
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