Home > Tools You Can Use > Topics > Opioids > General You Can Use:Topics:Opioids:General<p>​​<a href=""><img src="" 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=""><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=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">five things physicians should do to combat opioid abuse</font></span></a>.</p> 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> 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>’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> 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> 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> 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> 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> 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> 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;# 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> 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;# 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;# 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> 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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