AMA Calls on Lawmakers to “Act Now” Amid Overdose Statistic

According to a new report from the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians have prescribed 44 percent less opioids over the past decade, yet fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses have continued to soar.

AMA’s report documented a 44.4 percent decrease in opioid prescriptions between 2011 and 2020, with a 6.9 percent reduction between 2019 and last year, with more doctors using prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).

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