Douglas County Pain Summit, March 21, 2017


The opioid epidemic demands an effective regional approach that reflects the particular challenges and opportunities that providers, health systems and communities face in Douglas County.

Target Audience: Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, behavioral health providers, nurses and other health care providers, educators, law enforcement, public health officials, tribes and prevention specialists.

The summit will bring together stakeholders to identify the specific challenges in Douglas County. At the summit, we will hear from experts on safe pain management practices that improve health outcomes, mitigate iatrogenic harm, and increase quality of care as well as strategies to reduce opioid misuse, abuse and overdose. This summit will start the conversation on how to move discussion into action through the development of a Regional Action plan and create momentum for statewide change. The action plan will include strategies to:

  1. REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PILLS PRESCRIBED by improving health system practices for pain management
  2. EDUCATE PATIENTS AND THE PUBLIC on the dangers, safe use and disposal of Rx
  3. BETTER DISPOSAL OF DISUSED PILLSin medicine cabinets that fuel abuse
  4. EXPAND ACCESS TO TREATMENT SERVICES for opioid dependence and overdose prevention

Final Agenda

Douglas County Pain Summit Final Agenda

Speaker Presentations

Oregon Pain Guidance Recommendations & Guidelines
Jim Shames, MD, Medical Director, Jackson County Health and Human Services

Diagnosing & Treating Working-Aged Adults with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
Paul Coelho, MD, Pain Management Physician, Salem Hospital

Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Lisa Millet, MSH, Manager, Oregon Public Health Division, Injury and Violence Prevention Program, Oregon Health Authority

Best Practices in Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Gregory Brigham, PhD, CEO, Adapt

Conversation as Medicine: Compassion-Based Difficult Conversations
Laura Heesacker, LCSW, Behavior Health Innovation Specialist, Jackson Care Connect

Responsible Opioid Prescribing: The Role of Dental Care Providers
Gary Allen, DMD, Vice President of Dental Services, Advantage Dental

Naloxone, DEA and Drug Take Back: Perspectives from the Oregon Board of Pharmacy
Fiona Karbowicz, RPh, Pharmacist Consultant, Oregon Board of Pharmacy

Overdose Prevention: Pre-Hospital Administration of Naloxone
Renée Yandel, Executive Director, HIV Alliance; Lieutenant Pat Moore, Director, Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team

Safe Disposal: Pharmacies and Community Take-Back
Dave Stevens, RPh, Pharmacist, Gordon’s Pharmacy; Lieutenant Pat Moore, Director, Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team


Fact Sheet Douglas County PCP Pain Screener Team-based Opioid Management – Talking points

Team-based Opioid Management – Talking Points

Fact Sheet Douglas County