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FSMB Releases Updated Guidelines for Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 17, 2017) – The Federation of State Medical Boards recently released its updated Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics, which were officially adopted as policy by the FSMB House of Delegates at the FSMB’s Annual […]

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Walgreens Medication Disposal Program Collects 72 Tons of Unused Medications in First Year

Walgreens, a partner in the Association’s Smart & Safe prescription drug abuse awareness program, has announced its safe medication disposal program has collected and safely disposed of 72 tons of medications since the launch of the program in 2016. The […]

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Coalition of Health Care Professionals, Government Officials to Gather for Opioid Crisis Summit

MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s leading health care professionals and government officials are set to gather for an educational public policy summit titled, “The Opioid Crisis in Alabama: From Silos to Solutions,” on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 […]

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Survey: Majority of Opioid Medications Not Safely Stored in Homes with Children

Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.
In a national survey of 681 adults who used opioid […]

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Medical Association Joins AMA for Opioid Resource Toolbox

BIRMINGHAM – The Medical Association and the American Medical Association partnered in the development and release of a toolbox of data, education and other resources to aid physicians in their continued fight against Alabama’s epidemic of prescription drug misuse, overdose […]

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Alabama to Receive CDC Funding for Opioid Epidemic

Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. In fact, opioids were involved in over 28,000 deaths in 2014, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 2000. Turning the tide on this epidemic means […]

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U.S. Surgeon General Wants to #TurnTheTide on the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

“We have to stop treating addiction as a moral failing, and start seeing it for what it is: a chronic disease that must be treated with urgency and compassion,” said U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., kicking off his […]

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Alabama Physicians Partner with the American Medical Association to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Pilot Program Designed to Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse and Heroin Use
MONTGOMERY | Aug. 10, 2016 – The Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced today a partnership to develop and distribute a statewide […]

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Smart & Safe Partners with Walgreens for Medication Drop Boxes

The Medical Association’s Smart & Safe prescription drug abuse awareness program recently partnered with Walgreens to bring awareness to medication drop boxes to allow residents to safely dispose of the unused medications.
Birmingham internist and Association Board Member Darlene Traffanstedt was […]

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Price of Naloxone Skyrockets

Following the passage of legislation in many states to allow increased access to naloxone, the decades-old generic medication that can reverse the effects of some opioid overdoses and once cost little more than $1 per dose, has skyrocketed to more […]

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