Opioid Abuse Resource Center

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

Additional Resources

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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