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 Health Care Teams Need to Know - This program is divided into five 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. Session
    • 1: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain Session
    • 2: Naloxone 
    • 3: Referral to Treatment
    • 4: PA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP): Get an introduction to the state's PDMP
    • 5: PA's PDMP: Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Sure: Offers case studies to help physicians use the PDMP to help with clinical decision making
    • 6: Alternatives to Opioid Therapy
  • Using Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain (up to 5 CME credits)
    1. Interdisciplinary Pain Care: Where Do Opioids Fit In?
    2. Opioid Therapy: Does it Work and at What Cost?
    3. Patient Monitoring During Care
    4. Treatment Failure: What to do when things don't go well
    5. Putting it all Together: Managing Pain in High Risk Patients
  • Negotiating Problematic Substance Use with Patients in the Primary Care Setting - This online course addresses early assessment, intervention and treatment of substance use disorder through the evidence-based practice of SBIRT.


                                            WARM HANDOFF PROTOCOL

The Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs partnered to develop a warm handoff protocol, which was distributed to emergency departments statewide. Access it here.

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