Douglas County Comes Together to Address Opioids, Pain and Addiction Treatment at Regional Summit

Nearly 140 participants gathered on March 21, 2017 at Umpqua Community College to 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. Participants represented medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, addictions, law enforcement, education, public health, government, pain management professionals and tribal communities.

The morning began with an overview of unique regional characteristics and remarks about the importance of advocating for safety, breaking down silos and establishing taking care of patient as a priority. Douglas County faces challenges related to expansive geography and limited resources but has the fundamental pieces in place to develop a comprehensive approach to reduce opioid abuse, misuse and overdose. Areas identified for improvement include the ability to link patients to treatment services and better pathways for talking with patients about safe disposal of pain medication and safer alternatives for pain relief.

OrCRM, in partnership with local leaders, created a draft action plan based on feedback from the summit: Douglas County Pain Summit Summary and Action Plan

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