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2022 Kaua'i Pain Conference Program

Forum: Supporting Individualized Patient Care

Mar 5, 2022 1:45pm ‐ Mar 5, 2022 2:45pm


The AMA strongly believes that ending the nation’s drug-related overdose and death epidemic—as well as improving care for patients with pain, mental illness or SUD—requires partnership, collaboration and commitment to individualized patient care decision-making to implement impactful changes, including:

  • Urging states to adopt federal telehealth flexibilities to allow for the induction of buprenorphine at home
  • Decriminalizing drug checking supplies
  • Ensuring opioid litigation funds are used only for public health purposes
  • Urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rescind the arbitrary thresholds in its 2016 opioid prescribing guideline and to restore compassionate care for patients with pain
  • Removing structural inequities in care provided to historically marginalized and minoritized communities

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