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https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/Home:Tools You Can Use:Topics:Opioids:General<p>​​<a href="https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainInitiative"><img src="https://www.pamedsoc.org/PublishingImages/besmartbesafe.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></a>Prescription opioid medications serve an effective role in pain management, but growing abuse of these drugs has reached epidemic proportions in Pennsylvania. To fight back, the Pennsylvania Medical Society Launched a public health program called <a href="https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainInitiative"><span style="color:red;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Opioids for Pain: Be smart. Be safe. Be sure</span></span></a>. that includes <a href="https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsPainPhysicianActions"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">five things physicians should do to combat opioid abuse</font></span></a>.</p>

 

 

https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/DeterraInitiativePrescription Drug Disposal Initiative to Launch in 12 Pa. Counties Hard-Hit by Opioid Abuse <p><span>Patients in Pa. communities hard-hit by the opioid abuse crisis – and without easy access to drug take-back boxes – will soon have a way to dispose of Schedule II narcotics. A new drug disposal initiative </span>is being led by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and supported by stakeholder groups, including PAMED.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PMPInterconnectSearchHow to Use the PA PDMP to Search for Patients in Other States <p>A Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) feature allowing users to search for patients across state lines has expanded to 11 other states and Washington, D.C. <br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/IBXOpioidPoliciesIndependence Blue Cross Updates Opioid Prescribing Policies, Including Prior Authorization<p>​Effective July 1, 2017, insurer Independence Blue Cross will limit initial opioid prescriptions to five days and require preauthorization if additional days’ supply is needed. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPVerificationNew Verification Requirement for Pa. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Users<p>​Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office has updated its verification requirements for PDMP users. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPUpdateApril2017The Latest on PA PDMP Querying Rules, New Opioids Education Requirements, and More<p>Here are some noteworthy details from DOH's response to PAMED's letter on the PA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/CuresActGrantPennsylvania to Get $26.5 Million in Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Abuse <p>Pennsylvania will receive $26.5 million in federal grants to combat opioid abuse. The funding was provided for by the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan legislation signed into law in December 2016.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/WarmHandoffProtocolWarm Handoff Protocol Outlines Steps for Helping Overdose Patients<p>​Pennsylvania has a new warm handoff protocol for emergency physicians and other clinicians who treat overdose survivors and patients at risk for substance use disorder. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPQueryingRequirementsVideo: New Querying Requirements for PA PDMP<p>Robin Rothermel, Senior Director of Physician Support at PAMED, talks with Michael Siget, JD, PAMED’s Legislative & Regulatory Counsel, regarding PAMED member questions on Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/MAMedicationRulesPa. Updates Medicaid's Medication Rules in Effort to Address Opioid Abuse <p>On March 6, 2017, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced changes to the medication rules for the state’s Medicaid program. He said the changes are part of Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid abuse crisis. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/Act125UpdatePa.’s Law on Prescribing Opioids to Minors: An Important Update for Prescribers<p>​Pennsylvania’s law on prescribing opioids to minors—Act 125 of 2016—was signed into law by Gov. Wolf on Nov. 2, 2016. Pennsylvania’s state licensing boards were required to create the consent form that prescribers need in order to fully comply with the law, and that consent form is now available online.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/OpioidPrescriptionReimbursementsStatement: A Good Sign on Opioid Front<p>​​​One Pennsylvania health insurance company announced that reimbursements for opioid prescriptions has decreased, signaling fewer opioid prescriptions are being written. Pennsylvania Medical Society 2017 President Charles Cutler MD reacts in this statement.</p>Media Professionals;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPpasswordHow Often Are You Required to Change Your PA PDMP Password? <p>​Physicians and others who are registered with Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program are currently required to change their password every three months.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPQueryingChanges to PA PDMP Querying Requirements for Prescribers Take Effect on Jan. 1<p>​Four pieces of opioids legislation were signed into law by Gov. Wolf on Nov. 2, 2016. Since the laws were signed, PAMED members have been asking exactly how the PDMP querying requirements have changed. Here's a quick overview for prescribers. <br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/guidelines/BenzodiazepinesGuidelinesState Guidelines for Benzodiazepine Safe Prescribing Are Available<p>​Pennsylvania's voluntary guidelines for "Safe Prescribing of Benzodiazepines for Acute Treatment of Anxiety and Insomnia" were released on Dec. 8, 2016.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/PDMPPendingPA PDMP Registrations with a “Pending” Status: An Update for Prescribers and Dispensers<p>​The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring (PDMP) team has confirmed that email correspondence is being sent to prescribers and dispensers whose PDMP applications are stuck in a "pending" status.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsBillsOct2016Gov. Wolf Signs Opioids Legislation into Law on Nov. 2—What Should Physicians Know? <p>​On Nov. 2, 2016, Gov. Wolf signed a package of opioids legislation designed to further address the commonwealth's opioid abuse crisis.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/NaloxoneUseOct16Signs of Progress: Naloxone Access Increases in PA Police Departments and Schools<p>​Two recent announcements show that Pennsylvania is making strides in its work to save lives through the use of naloxone.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidTeletownHallA Commonwealth Crisis: Pa. Senate Holding Regional Telephone Town Halls on Opioid Abuse<p>​Sen. Gene Yaw and the Senate Republican Caucus are holding a series of Telephone Town Hall events over the coming months to offer Pennsylvania residents the opportunity to connect with and learn from local experts on the heroin and opioid crisis.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/BenzodiazepinesFDA Announces ‘Black Box’ Warnings on Risks of Combining Opioids and Benzodiazepines <p class="MsoNormal">On Aug. 31, 2016, the FDA announced that it is requiring boxed warnings (also known as "black box warnings") about the dangers associated with the combined use of certain opioid medications and benzodiazepines.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/COEAug2016Pa. Announces 25 Additional “Centers of Excellence” Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Centers<p>​Pennsylvania continues to take steps in its fight against opioid abuse. Here's a look at a few noteworthy recent developments concering the opioid abuse crisis that impact the commonwealth.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/pdmp/Controlled Substances Database BasicsWhat Pennsylvania Physicians Need to Know about the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program<p>Pennsylvania physicians who are licensed, registered, or otherwise lawfully authorized to prescribe controlled substances, other drug or device in the course of professional practice or research in Pennsylvania are required to register in the PDMP. Learn about the basics.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/guidelines/DownloadPAOpioidGuidelinesPennsylvania Opioid Prescribing Guidelines<p>​PAMED and other key stakeholders developed voluntary prescribing guidelines in 2014 for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain and the emergency department.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsPainPhysicianActions5 Steps Physicians Can Take to Fight Opioid Abuse Crisis<p>​Learn five ways physicians can take the lead in addressing opioid abuse and misuse with their patients. PAMED has also created printable tear-off sheets and waiting room posters for physicians to use.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsSymposium2016PA Physicians Discuss Addiction Treatment, PDMPs, and Alternative Treatment Options for Chronic Pain at Opioids Symposium<p><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">PAMED held an Opioid Symposium in May 2016, which included updates on naloxone, the state's PDMP, and addiction treatment strategies.</span></span></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidResourcesOpioid Abuse Resource Center<p>​PAMED, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has developed several resources to help Pennsylvania physicians combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic.</p>Physicians;#Residents/Fellows;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/guidelines/Opioid Prescribing Guidelines CDCCDC Releases Voluntary Opioid Prescribing GuidelinesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain” on March 15, 2016. The final guideline, which is voluntary, includes 12 recommendations and is intended for use by primary care clinicians in outpatient settings who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment and palliative care.Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsPainLawmakersLawmakers: Help Educate and Protect the Citizens in Your Legislative District From Opioid Abuse<p>Legislators can educate citizens in their district with these posters and ready-made stories/images for inclusion in their newsletter, website and social media pages.</p>Legislators;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainPatients7 Questions to Ask Your Physician About Opioids<p>​Patients need to work with their physicians to be smart, safe and sure about their opioid use. PAMED resources include seven questions patients should ask their physician as well as a list of where they can drop off unused medications.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/opioids/general/OpioidsForPainInitiativeOpioids for Pain: Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Sure.<p>​To fight opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, PAMED has created a public advocacy program called: Opioids for Pain: Be smart. Be safe. Be sure.</p>Physicians;#Media Professionals;#Legislators;#

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