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Opioid Safety Seminar

Safe Prescribing and Overdose Prevention Education for Medical and Dental Professionals

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

 

To view, listen and print presentations* from the May 21st Opioid Safety Seminar, click the links below:

  • Welcome: Defining the Problem- Rashmi Chugh, MD, MPH
  • Safe Prescribing=Overdose Prevention (Clinical Challenges in Opioid Prescribing: Balancing Safety and Efficacy)- Theodore V. Parran, MD, FACP
  • Prudent Controlled Drug Prescribing: Clinical Pearls and Pitfalls (supplemental slides)- Theodore V. Parran, MD, FACP
  • Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program: Prevention Advances to a New Level- J. Michael Patton

 

To view the handouts from the May 21 Opioid Safety Seminar, click the links below:


Background

Heroin addiction often starts with prescription opioids. Heroin and prescribed opioid- related overdose deaths are at epidemic levels nationally and in DuPage County.

The DuPage County Health Department is exploring solutions to the problem in our county with a newly created overdose prevention medical education workgroup and CME event. This workgroup includes partners from the DuPage County Coroner's Office, DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, the Joint Commission, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, DuPage County Medical Society and other healthcare professionals.

The medical education workgroup's efforts are aligned with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goal, to reduce abuse and overdose of opioids and other controlled prescription drugs while ensuring patients with pain are safely and effectively treated. The two local goals of this workgroup are: 1) to educate the medical community about safe and appropriate opioid prescribing practices, and 2) to reduce heroin overdose deaths through prevention education and enhanced, appropriate naloxone prescribing and access.

To promote our mission, a free CME event has been organized for physicians of all specialties, dentists, oral surgeons, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, and medical office staff. This Opioid Safety Seminar took place on May 21st, 2014 at 11:30am-4:00pm at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. 

 

For event information for medical professionals, click here.

For event information for dental professionals, click here.