It is not breaking news that COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of society and our overall health. In an August 14, 2020 release from the American Medical Association (AMA), the under-reported issue of opioid-related overdoses is discussed. Read below to find out more.
According to this brief, “More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder in counties and other areas within the state”. Included in this brief are links for individual state reports regarding substance abuse and the AMA’s request for action by governors and state legislatures.
When managing patients with chronic pain who have been prescribed opioid treatments there are certain requirements these patients must adhere to in order to remain on opioid treatment. These requirements, like almost every other aspect of our lives has been interrupted. What is your practice and clinical staff doing to stay compliant with opioid prescriptions?