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Join the Effort to Reduce the Opioid Misuse Epidemic!

Our President has declared the opioid crisis in the United States a “national public health emergency” and announced initiatives to address the epidemic. Here are resources for your reference in reassessing your prescribing practices “to do no harm.”  Have conversations to alert patients to safely dispose of unused pain medication. It’s been reported that 55 percent of abusers obtain painkillers from a friend or relative!

Addressing the Opioid Misuse Crisis is a priority of VCSQI SAN 2.0 and CMS!

“Impacting the Opioid Crisis through Improved Prescribing Practices”

In this one-hour VCSQI SAN 2.0 sponsored webinar Dr. Jared Skillings from American Psychological Association and Dr. Robert Bales, Family Medicine Cleveland Clinic and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine provide an overview of the crisis, current trends, general considerations when prescribing opioids, and non-pharmacological pain management techniques.

Click here for the October 24, 2017 Webinar Recording. 

Check Out These Recent Opioid-related Releases from CDC

Rx Awareness Campaign

With the tagline “It only takes a little to lose a lot,” the Rx Awareness Campaign tells the real stories of people whose lives were torn apart by prescription opioids. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness that prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous.

Here is a social media kit with sharable resources.

CDC Web Feature:  Rx Awareness – Impact of an Epidemic     

Click here to read more about how we can work together to share stories of Americans whose lives have been impacted by the opioid misuse epidemic.

New Opioid Overdose Materials for Patients

CDC released several new patient-centered materials for patient education about opioid use.  These materials are free and available for download.

  • What You Need to Know outlines the differences in acute and chronic pain and what you need to know when prescribed opioids for acute pain management.
  • Get the Facts Infographic highlights important information about acute pain management for common conditions and injuries.
  • Know the Signs. Save a Life. This is a resource that identifies factors that can increase the risk of overdose and steps to prevent overdose and death.

New Provider Training Module:  Communicating with Patients

Click here to learn effective communications strategies to promote healthy dialogue with patients regarding benefits and harms of opioids.  

Click here for the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

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