From the beginning of the opioid epidemic, the California Medical Association (CMA) has been one of the most engaged and determined stakeholders working to strike a balance between patient access to necessary medicine and preventing and addressing abuse.
CMA has been a leader in advocating for increased funding, access and availability of preventive services, opioid-use disorder treatment programs and non-opioid therapies, including mental health services and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). We have successfully worked to stop legislation that interferes with the practice of medicine and creates barriers to care, such as government-mandated dosage and duration limits.
In addition to the introduction on the topic from the CMA President, the following topics are included in this article:
- Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES)
- Ensuring Fair Enforcement
- Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment and Overdose Reversal Medications
- Individual Patient Care
- Federal Funding and the Congressional Opioid Crisis Response
- Physician Education on Safe Prescribing and Treatment
Also included are additional resources on this topic:
- White Papers
- Health Law Library Documents