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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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Alabama’s Physicians Want You to Have a Smart & Safe Summer

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 […]

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Alabama Could Receive up to $14 Million to Fight Opioid Use Disorders

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 […]

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New Law Expands Access to Naloxone to Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

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 […]

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