Emergency departments emerge as places where opioid-use disorder treatment can be initiated and longer-term care coordinated.
The AMA House of Delegates weighs in on changes to Medicaid, e-prescribing and clerkship spots for U.S. med students.
Doctors encourage non-opioid approaches to pain and safe disposal of unwanted meds, and change the approach to post-surgical prescribing.
Delegates also push for effective opioid-use disorder in jails and prisons and emergency naloxone in public settings.
Teamwork among doctors, physician leaders and other organizations is needed to move medicine in the right direction, says AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA.