Getting Upstream to Reduce the Opioid Epidemic
A Fully Integrated Whole Team Approach To Prevent Opioid Dependency Before It Starts
The country is now fully alerted to the opioid epidemic. There has been a 200% increase in opioid-related deaths since 2000 and nearly 80% of heroin users state they have used prescription pain relievers for nonmedical use. Federal and state governments have declared “states of emergency.” Funds have been allocated for crisis response such as increased naloxone access at points of first response, increased medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependency treatment, geo-mapping by law officials to track deaths and next potential outbreaks, and legislation and formulary changes to restrict dosing and supply. Little attention, however, has been provided to rethinking the healthcare response to pain before dependency starts.
This webinar focuses on “when the phone rings.” Specifically when a person calls with need to address pain, how a physician office can incorporate the entire office team to start with an “opioid-free” approach, including leveraging behavioral health clinician expertise in assessing for behavioral health concerns that may exacerbate the pain condition and utilize behavioral health expertise in assisting persons with pain management behavioral techniques
After watching this webinar, you will be able to:
- Understand each role of the office team and their contribution to a safe pain management approach.
- Identify three ways behavioral health clinicians can contribute to a new standard of care for pain management.
- Understand how to use data to identify risk characteristics for future opioid dependency.
- Understand alternatives for care based on the level of risk for dependency, overdose, and death
Karl J. Haake, MD
Pain Management Consultant, Missouri Primary Care Association
Leigh Steiner, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst , Clinical Analytics and Applications for Care Management Technologies