Drug Abuse

    By: Mishael Azam, Esq. on Aug 11, 2016
    US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, is on a national tour to promote opioid abuse prevention and reduction strategies and came to New Jersey this week. All physicians are encouraged to visit to learn more. Watch video coverage of his remarks during his visit to New Jersey. See print coverage

    In addition to the Surgeon General's effort, the President recently signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Though the law is not fully funded, advocates are hopeful for the expansion of prevention and treatment options. See AMA's support for the bill.

    As a reminder, MSNJ encourages members to:
    • use the Prescription Monitoring Program (register at;
    • execute patient agreements for long term regimens (see a sample at;
    • follow NJ regulations for acute pain prescriptions (as the Surgeon General says, "start low and go slow"); and
    • incorporate naloxone prescriptions (see BME's waiver).
    Released: August 11, 2016, 12:40 pm | Updated: August 11, 2016, 12:40 pm
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