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.
VOLUNTARY OPIOID PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES
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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