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AAFP Joins AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Group Offers Physicians Resources on Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Safe and Effective Prescribing

07/29/2015 — The American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released the first of several national recommendations to address the urgent drug abuse epidemic on July 29.

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USPSTF Proposes Screening All Adults for Depression

Clinical Support Systems Should Be in Place, Says Task Force

07/29/2015 — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released a draft statement that recommends screening all adults -- including pregnant and postpartum women -- for depression in the primary care setting.

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07/27/2015 — The AAFP's final report from its Family Medicine Residency Childhood Obesity Initiative shared successes from the eight participating family medicine residency programs.

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Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

FP Expert Offers Practical Advice on Detection, Intervention

07/23/2015 — According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. It's a trend tied directly to the nation's prescription opioid epidemic, says an agency official.

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