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 […]
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
“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 […]Read More
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]Read More
MONTGOMERY — It is the time of the year for family vacations, spending quality time together swimming, hiking, skiing and boating. However, the perfect day outside can lead to accidents and injuries. That is why Alabama’s physicians and professional community would like […]Read More
As Congress continues debating legislation related to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, the White House released the estimated amount of funding each state could qualify for under the new cooperative agreements proposed in President Obama’s budget to expand access […]Read More
A newly enacted law expands access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse some opioid overdoses in certain emergency situations. The law authorizes State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller to sign a standing order to allow Alabama’s pharmacists to dispense […]Read More