Call 413.540.1234 to
schedule an appointment
CONCERN/EAP: 413.534.2625
Billing questions? Call: 413.540.1212
CRISIS: 413.733.6661

Drug Addiction
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Drug May Help Surgical Patients Stop Opioids SoonerSmokers 10 Times More Likely to Use Pot Daily'Pill Mill' Docs Only Partly to Blame for Opioid EpidemicChronic Pain Common Among Those Who OD on OpioidsPot May Alter Brain Function of Some With HIVIs Meth Use Destroying Vets' Hearts?Health Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid EpidemicOpioid Manufacturers to Provide Doctor TrainingMost Opioid Use Concentrated in Top 10 Percent of UsersMeth Abuse Could Up Stroke Risk in Younger UsersLonger Prescriptions Make Opioid Abuse More Likely: StudyMany Prescribed Opioids Even After OverdoseIs Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in U.S.ACOG: Opioid Agonist Rx First Choice in Affected PregnanciesAt-Risk Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Use With Psychology ToolsRx Changes, Counseling, Regular Visits Can Cut Opioid DeathsSharp Rise Among Women for Opioid-Related HospitalizationsOpioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: StudyMedical Costs Soar for U.S. Babies Born Addicted to OpioidsHeart Infections Spike as Injection-Drug Abuse Climbs: CDCMarijuana May Make Your Gums Go to PotMeth Addicts' Hearts May Improve If They QuitNew FDA Head Outlines 'Forceful Steps' Against Opioid CrisisChecking Patient's Drug History May Help Curb Opioid AbuseERs May Need to Rethink Opioid Prescription PracticesNew Hepatitis C Infections Hit 15-Year High: CDCBabies Born Addicted to Opioids Often Struggle With LearningAMA Urges Doctors to Talk About Safe Opioid Storage, DisposalInitial Rx Can Affect Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid UseOpioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few DaysWhen Cocaine's in the Mix, Safe Sex May Not BeKids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in SchoolU.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on MarijuanaVomiting Disorder on Rise in Weed-Friendly ColoradoPot Use in Pregnancy on the Upswing, Study Finds
Links

AMA Urges Doctors to Talk About Safe Opioid Storage, Disposal


HealthDay News
Updated: Apr 28th 2017

new article illustration

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should take three essential steps to reduce the amount of unwanted, unused, and expired medications in an effort to avoid non-medical uses of the drugs, according to a new recommendation from the American Medical Association (AMA) Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse.

The task force is composed of representatives from more than 25 state, specialty, and other health care professional organizations. Its new three-step recommendation is available as a flier and comes in light of the fact that more than 70 percent of people who use opioid analgesics for nonmedical reasons receive them from friends or family members, according to an AMA news release.

The first recommended step is to talk with patients and emphasize that opioid analgesics should be used only as directed by the intended person. The second step is to remind patients to safely store their medications, as intentional or unintentional use by others in the household could lead to an overdose. The last step is to urge patients to dispose of unused medications. The task force notes that patients should be educated on how to do so safely.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29. The annual event provides numerous safe, convenient, and authorized ways to dispose of prescription drugs to prevent misuse.

More Information