September 22, 2022

The following statement is attributable to:
Bobby Mukkamala, M.D.
Chair, American Medical Association Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force    

AMA: New Guidance on Naloxone Will Strengthen Work of Harm Reduction Groups 

“Throughout the drug overdose epidemic, harm reduction organizations have been at the front lines, offering care and hope in hundreds of communities. These organizations have accomplished amazing work despite shoestring budgets and bureaucratic challenges. The American Medical Association is grateful the Food and Drug Administration recognizes the importance of that work. The guidance announced today offers regulatory clarity for harm reduction organizations to purchase naloxone so more will be distributed in communities.

“This is just one step in a multi-pronged effort to combat the drug overdose epidemic. The AMA outlined other steps in our recent Overdose Epidemic Report. Physicians recognize the work of harm reduction organizations and welcome the government’s willingness to remove obstacles as they – day in and day out – save lives.”

“The AMA also continues to urge physicians to prescribe naloxone to patients at risk of overdose and to others who may be able to save a life from unintentional overdose while waiting for naloxone to become available over the counter. Physicians, harm reduction organizations, government and all others must work together to end the drug overdose epidemic.”

 

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