5 resources that help physicians address opioid Rx issues

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The data doesn’t lie—with 44 people dying each day in the United States from an overdose of opioids, it’s clear something needs to be done to stop this epidemic. One way physicians can help is to take advantage of educational opportunities to better understand optimal care for each patient.

The Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O), a collaborative of national health care organizations that includes the AMA, develops free, evidence-based educational opioid use resources for physicians. Physicians can use the PCSS-O’s online modules and webinars for information they can put to use in their daily practice.

Here are five resources from the PCSS-O, some of which offer continuing medical education credit in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™:

  1. Pediatricians can use a special six-part series to learn more about pediatric pain management. The next webinar in this series, from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time Aug. 6, will focus on treatment options for pain and how to minimize drug diversion.
  2. Physicians in primary care can be the first line of assistance for patients who misuse opioids. A webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 1 will explain how physicians can use the “SBIRT” method—screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment—to reduce misuse.
  3. Increased use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) can help physicians identify patients at risk for opioid misuse. A webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 2 will give physicians the basics on PDMPs and how to maximize their benefit. 
  4. Physicians who treat patients with low back pain may benefit from a module on whether to use opioids to treat these patients. The module addresses psychosocial contributors to pain and recognizes that opioids are not first-line treatment for low back pain and may not be appropriate for many patients.
  5. Older adults represent an increasing proportion of individuals who misuse drugs. One module can help physicians make an overall plan for pain assessment and management in older adults.

Physicians interested in medication-assisted treatment also can register for an upcoming webinar from the Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment. The webinar, to be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 3, will address the impact that substance use has on families and how physicians can engage families to improve the patient’s health.

Why physicians are crucial to stopping the epidemic

The AMA has convened a task force with the American Osteopathic Association, the American Dental Association, and more than 20 state and specialty medical associations to work collaboratively to address the opioid public health epidemic by identifying best practices and implementing them across the country.

The group identified three initial steps physicians can take now to help their patient populations:

  • Register and use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs. Register for and consult these databases to identify patients at risk for opioid misuse and help patients with substance use disorders get appropriate treatment. 
  • Discuss with patients available treatment options. When caring for patients with pain, understand the best possible course for managing that pain with the tools available. 
  • Take advantage of educational opportunities.  Visit the AMA’s Opioid Abuse Prevention Web pages to access resources to enhance your education, and promote comprehensive, appropriate pain treatment while safeguarding against opioid overdose.
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heroin is the killer even if the people that know the person that dies wont say they used heroin because its against the law. I do know a lot of people that use to many pills and there is a lot of people that sell there pills, Docs should do pill counts on people that get pills from them,people that sell there pills hurts everybody that needs them for pain. Please doctor's do pill counts on people that you give pills to to see if the person takes to many pill or sells them so other people can over dose on pills. Pill counts should be done by every doctor one month after i post this if people really want to stop the over doses on pills so that people that really need them can still get them because pain does hurt.
As a RN now older an also a person witth chronic pain, I find myself increasingly frustrated. I have been on many different meds, and quite a few at times. Over the years I have greatly reduced the amount and variety taken. From at one point being on 6 different meds to now only two, I now find myself stuck. I am compliant with rverything asked of me, tired many differnt treatment options and exercise regularly.<br/> My problem is, at one time my PCP had me on 90 mgs of mrthadone and the pain clinic levels were set ay 80 mgs. They have reduced me down to now 30 mgs a day and added breakthrough, which I never wanted. I want to go back up from 30 mgs a day to 40 mgs a day. They refuse and want to keep me on what they want. I wish to cut out the breakthrough and just stay on one pain med. Help me to explain this to my nurse practicianer because after 4 months of various breakthrough meds she still doesn't hear or listen. Help.<br/> This has been happening not only to me but pthers as well. All the doctors are scared and the patients are pauing the price. Not all of us are addicts and we understand more than given credit for ever
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