Training & Events

NATIONAL RX DRUG ABUSE & HEROIN SUMMIT 2018

April 2-5, 2018, Atlanta, GA

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SAFE PAIN MEDICINE PRESCRIBING POLICY LAUNCHED COUNTYWIDE

 

L. to R.: Dr. Julia Feig, Dr. Celia Woods, Dr. Neil Canby, Dr. Carlo Reyes, Dr. Anthony H. Ho, Dr. Thomas Duncan and Dr. Martin Ehrlich at Los Robles Hospital, Thousand Oaks, CA, January 29, 2015

Hospitals Unite on New Pain Meds Policy – Collaboration to Counter Drug Abuse, Improve Emergency Department Care

This multi-agency collaboration focused on preventing Rx drug misuse. Agencies included Ventura County Behavioral Health, Ventura County Public Health, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, Allied Emergency Departments Countywide.

The new policy, used by all eight emergency departments includes:

  • When necessary, limited amounts of pain killers will be prescribed
  • EDs will not refill stolen prescriptions, but may refer patients to police
  • May ask people to show a photo ID when receiving a pain prescription
  • All patients will be provided copies of new prescribing policy

By adopting uniform policies, a consistent message was provided to patients countywide about how powerful prescription medications are made available in the Emergency Department.

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SUPPORTING PRESCRIBERS WITH TRAINING

Prescribers may underestimate the risks of opioid addiction while overestimating painkiller benefits. The Ventura County Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup offers prescribers, hospitals and clinics up-to-date information and training for safe prescribing and on-site patient education.
Safe prescriber education addresses the opioid epidemic by training prescribers to respond before opioids are prescribed.

When opioids are used, start low and go slow:

  • Assess pain and function
  • Consider if non-opioid therapies are appropriate
  • Talk to patients about treatment plan
  • Evaluate risk of harm of misuses
  • Identify drug misuse/addiction
  • Query CURES 2.0 to confirm patient information

INFORMATIONAL MAILINGS

Over 2500 Ventura County prescribers and dispensers of medication received multiple educational RxRISK mailings and e-blasts to update them on best practices for prescribing opioids and to share CURES 2.0 registration tips.

OPIOID SOLUTIONS SUMMIT

Held on August 29, 2017, this Summit presented Ventura County's response to the growing problem of prescription pain medication and heroin abuse. Labeled a nationwide crisis and epidemic, reports from professionals and the community made it clear that this region was far from immune. Confronting prescription drug and heroin abuse is essential to protecting the public health and safety of all Ventura County residents.

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