In an open letter on the opioid epidemic published yesterday in the Huffington Post Blog, American Medical Association CEO Steven Stack, M.D., called on American physicians to avoid initiating opioids for new patients with chronic non-cancer pain unless the benefits are expected to outweigh the risks. Among other actions, the practicing emergency physician also urged them to limit the amount of opioids prescribed for post-operative care and acutely-injured patients; register for and use their state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; identify and help patients with opioid use disorder obtain evidence-based treatment; and co-prescribe naloxone to patients at risk for overdose.