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American Medical Association To Study Harm Reduction Measures


April 1995

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates passed a resolution at its Interim Meeting in December to study harm reduction measures such as needle exchange, methadone maintenance, and the decriminalization of drugs.

A reference committee heard from AMA delegates that the problems associated with drug abuse are complicated and serious. The resolution calls for the committee to study the issue and report back to the House of Delegates at the next meeting. At that time, the AMA House of Medicine can vote to accept the recommendations of the report as a whole or in part.

[According to a reference committee staffer, the committee will produce a 5-10 page report summarizing research on these topics. If you have research that might be pertinent to their report, you can submit it to the AMA, Attention: Reference Committee D at 515 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610, 312-464-5000.]