AMA Doc Talk, a series from the American Medical Association, features physicians and other health care leaders who share real-world experiences and findings about the ever-evolving health care landscape. Based on real-world learnings and anecdotes, each episode is centered around a topic related to delivering care to patients. Here, physicians and health care leaders will collect a wealth of practical information they can apply to their daily practice of medicine and to the promise of a healthier nation.
This episode is the second in our two-part series that addresses the opioid epidemic. The discussion focuses on strategies to prevent opioid overdose by co-prescribing the reversal medication, naloxone.
Dr. Leana Wen served as the Commissioner of Health for the city of Baltimore from 2015 until September 2018. In that role, she issued a blanket prescription for naloxone to all Baltimore residents, saving more than 500 people from overdose. Officer Vidal Rivera of the Camden County Police Department in New Jersey is armed with naloxone on each daily patrol, and he’s saved more than 20 lives in the three years he’s been in the police force.