Report shows progress in opioid arena
Physicians and other providers in Indiana and the U.S. are making progress combating the opioid epidemic, the AMA’s 2019 Opioid Progress Report shows.

Data used for the report showed Indiana’s INSPECT prescription drug monitoring program received more than 3 million queries in 2018, an increase of 146% over 2016. The number of medical professionals registered to use INSPECT rose almost 25% from 2017 to 2018, while opioid prescriptions filled in Indiana declined 12.6% in the same period. The report found health care providers across the U.S. are making similar progress.

The report, released June 6 by the AMA Opioid Task Force, also tracks actions by physicians and medical societies to enhance education, increase the co-prescribing of naloxone, and increase the number of physicians certified to provide office-based treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) using buprenorphine. However, the AMA noted that deaths from heroin and synthetic opioids are at historic levels and urged policy makers to end barriers to evidence-based OUD treatments.

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