Douglas County Pain Summit Recap
Nearly 140 participants representing medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, addictions, law enforcement, education, and tribal communities gathered on March 21, 2017 at Umpqua Community College learn from and connect with state and local leaders, identify local challenges and develop an action plan to promote a measurable reduction in opioid abuse, misuse and overdose in the region.
At the summit, stakeholders discussed opportunities to collaborate with the Oregon Pain Guidance group to enhance provider education and outreach to patients and families on safe pain management, including the addition of Douglas County as a regional portal on the OPG website Participants were interested in how to adopt better pathways of communication to let patients and providers know they are supported.
A summit summit and action plan will be finalized and posted in April.
SW Oregon’s Opioid Summit a Success!
The Oregon Coalition for Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM) is a Statewide Coalition launched to prevent overdose, misuse and abuse of amphetamines and opioids, both prescription and illicit, among Oregonians.
Membership includes leaders from state agencies, health care, education, substance abuse agencies and other organizations. OrCRM’s work takes place throughout the entire state and is not a coalition comprised of other coalitions.
The Coalition’s work is grounded in the Rx Summits convened by Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life in 2010 and 2011; attendance at the first and second National Governors’ Association Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy; participation in the two Rx Summits convened by Governor Kitzhaber in December 2012 and February 2013; and in-state workshops to develop a plan of implementation.
The Summits brought together a broad spectrum of key stakeholders including doctors, pharmacists, dentists, treatment specialists, law enforcement and assisted in the identification and prioritization of the top issues of concern around prescription drug use and abuse in Oregon. A number of the “founding members” of our Coalition served as representatives for our state’s National Governor’s Association (NGA) Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse. On June 27, 2013, this Task Force released a document called Reducing Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: A Priority for Oregon. Since September 2013, the Coalition’s “founding members” began meeting monthly and membership has expanded to include members representing organizations from 12 sectors: Youth, Parent, Business, Media, School, Youth-Serving, Law Enforcement, Religious, Civic Volunteer, Health Care, State, Local and Tribal Government with substance abuse expertise and Other Substance Abuse Organizations.
The Coalition is charged with implementation of the NGA recommendations and has adopted an Action Plan to address this health care epidemic. Included in the plan are the following four core strategies:
- REDUCING PILLS IN CIRCULATION
Better prescribing practices
Better use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
Better provider education
Better access to non-opioid treatment options for pain
- REDUCING THE VOLUME OF PILLS
Better disposal of unused meds
- EXPANDING ACCESS TO TREATMENT
Better access to therapies to treat opioid use disorders
Better distribution of Naloxone to reduce number of overdose deaths
- EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PROBLEM
Better understanding of the risks & dangers of Rx
Download OrCRM’s Action Plan: OrCRM Action Plan 10DEC2014