The Medical Association of Alabama 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 fight against Alabama's epidemic of prescription drug misuse. This toolbox is part of the MASA's continuing efforts to reverse this epidemic.
"Although Alabama is no longer the top prescriber of opioids in the country, we still have a long way to go as far as educating our physicians and other prescribers how to properly handle the prescription of opioid pain medication and those patients that require that medication," said MASA Executive Director Mark Jackson. "This toolbox will help physicians not only educate patients about pain, but also provide resources for overdose prevention and treatment."
"This toolbox contains the types of resources that physicians can rely on to help improve their practices for their patients," said Gerald Harmon, MD, chair-elect of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees.
Alabama, along with Rhode Island, are the only two states in this grant. These states were chosen due to many factors, including high rates of opioid-related harm as well as diverse demographic, socioeconomic, geographic and other characteristics.