American Medical Association adopting policies to combat opioid abuse

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The American Medical Association is adopting new policies in an effort to reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic.

New policies would have doctors co-prescribe a drug called naloxone to patients with a higher risk of an overdose.

The drug blocks the effects of opioids.

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The AMA also wants to create more appropriate access to non-opioid treatments for pain.

Other policy changes that the AMA is discussing would involve the creation of a program offering naloxone for a greatly reduced price, and law changes that would allow police to carry and administer naloxone when they come across a person who has overdosed.

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