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AMA hosts panel on the nation’s drug overdose epidemic

Most descriptions of the nation’s worsening drug-related overdose epidemic highlight the more than 100,000 individuals who have died in the past year. Broad solutions supported by the AMA and many others point to the need to remove all barriers to medications to treat opioid use disorder, enforce mental health and substance use disorder parity laws, and greatly increase access to harm reduction efforts such as fentanyl test strips and naloxone. Within the tragic mortality figures, however, are unique effects of the epidemic on children and adolescents, historically marginalized and minoritized individuals, and patients with pain. A new AMA webinar, “The nation’s drug overdose epidemic: Helping children and families, patients with pain,” will look closely at each of these areas from the perspectives of physicians who provide care to these patient populations.  

Webinar details 


The nation’s drug overdose epidemic: Helping children and families, patients with pain

Tues., April 5, 1 p.m. CT 

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Bobby Mukkamala, MD, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees 



  • Rita Agarwal, MD, clinical professor, anesthesiology, Stanford University, School of Medicine and past president, Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine 
  • Edwin C. Chapman, MD, founding member and secretary of the board of directors, Leadership Council for Healthy Communities 
  • Cara Sedney, MD, MA, associate professor and residency program director, Department of Neurosurgery, West Virginia University 

This webinar is for staff and physicians, so please feel free to share with your members.