AMA urges states to act to maintain access to care for patients with pain or OUD. The American Medical Association is urging governors and state legislatures to take action to ensure that patients being treated with opioids, whether for chronic pain or as medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, maintain access to their therapies during the coronavirus pandemic.
Physicians who treat patients with chronic pain may need to work even harder to keep their patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts at Quest Diagnostics. The same is true for those with patients with substance use disorder (SUD) or mental health conditions. Medication overuse or excess alcohol consumption is a risk, and medication adherence may be a challenge that physicians must face squarely during these trying times.