The problem: Opioid abuse and overdose is a growing epidemic. This crisis spans nearly every state in the
U.S., but has hit Pennsylvania particularly
hard. Nearly 2,500 deaths were reported in
Pennsylvania as a result of drug overdoses in
2014, and more people die from drug overdoses
than in car accidents.
The solution:A multi-pronged approach that
includes physicians, patients, and health care
organizations like the Pennsylvania Medical
Society (PAMED) working collaboratively to
address this increasing crisis.
PAMED, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has developed several resources to help Pennsylvania physicians combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic. You can find these resources below. Additional resources are in the works.
- Addressing Pennsylvania's Opioid Crisis: What the Health Care Team Needs to Know - This program is divided into four sessions and each session consists of four, 15-minute modules. The program covers a variety of tools and resources for prescribers and dispensers to better address opioid addiction with their patients.
- Six-part series on the appropriate use of long-acting and extended-release opioids
Voluntary Opioid Prescribing Guidelines