Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic In 2019, Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention launched a new initiative designed to address the opioid epidemic – Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic (CO’s CURE). CO’s CURE brought together diverse clinical specialties, all committed to resolving the opioid epidemic in Colorado through the development of opioid prescribing guidelines that seek to treat patients’ pain more effectively while reducing unnecessary exposure to opioids.
The Maine Drug Data Hub is a collaboration between several state departments, the Governor’s Office and the University of Maine. The aggregation of state and community information on the hub provides resources, data, and visualizations to inform Mainers about efforts to reduce the harm caused by drug use and drug overdose and to track progress towards reaching the goals outlined in Governor Janet Mills’ Maine Opioid Response Strategic Action Plan. The data, information, and resources available on the Maine Drug Data Hub is constantly being updated. Data sets, reports, and graphics are updated monthly, quarterly, and annually. New data metrics are added as they become available.
WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER There are Multiple Pathways to Recovery From the grassroots to the Governor’s office, Maine is coming together for those affected by the opioid epidemic. We are on a mission to save lives and strengthen communities, and we’re putting all the options on the table. Because if we want to give people a fighting chance, we need to keep them alive, safe, and supported throughout their journey of active use and recovery.
Prescribing controlled medications is challenging and complex. Many licensees may encounter patients who pose a risk of misuse or addiction to these medications. The links and documents on this page are intended to assist licensees who prescribe controlled medications by referencing resources and information that can be use in their practice.
Maine Opioid Response: 2021 Strategic Action Plan Opioid Response Seminar Series
ORN Webinar Series: A lecture covering the current landscape of buprenorphine treatment availability and ongoing issues is making this medication available, accessible and sustainable for all in need.
Description of Resources: An interview on the effect of preoperative education has on opioid consumption in patients undergoing arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.
The AAOS partnered with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to develop this toolkit that provides clinicians with resources to support that communication and decision-making to help patients get as comfortable as possible, as safely as possible.
The AMA and Manatt Health 2022 State Toolkit identifies more than 400 state laws, regulations, policy guidance and other select national actions being implemented to help end the nation's drug overdose epidemic. The resources of laws and policies in-action are organized across six key areas: 1. Increasing access to evidence-based treatments to help patients with an SUD. 2. Ensuring access to addiction medicine, psychiatrists and other trained physicians. 3, Enforcing mental health and SUD parity laws. 4. Improving access to multidisciplinary, multimodal care for patients with pain. 5. Expanding harm reduction efforts to reduce death and disease. 6. Improving monitoring and evaluation to inform evidence-based interventions. The AMA and Manatt Health encourage all states to use this resource as a go-to guide for implementing actions to increase access to evidence-based treatment and save lives from overdose.
Orthopaedic surgeons and their team members can effectively communicate strategies and resources for storage and disposal of unused prescription medicines and emphasize the importance of such actions.
“This report underscores two simple facts: insurers will not change their behaviors without increased enforcement and accountability, and patients will continue to suffer until that happens,” according to the letter from AMA CEO James L. Madara, M.D.
The AMA Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force urges physicians and other health care professions to continue taking action to help reverse the nation’s drug overdose epidemic—and the Task Force also calls on policymakers to take specific steps to remove barriers to evidence-based care for patients with pain and those with a substance use disorder.Learn More