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.
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.