Opioid Crisis Management is an area of increasing importance as the need to access and use information for clinical problem solving and health system management grows. Balancing the interests of key stakeholders including patients, providers, vendors, and legislators can be challenging. This Community is a space to share resources & connect with others interested in improvements within the realm of opioid crisis management in healthcare settings. (Note that since this is a public space, posting confidential information is not recommended). Browse our resources to see case studies, tools, and articles that might help generate some ideas for implementation within your organization. Share your thoughts and expertise, and ask questions to join the conversation – you can also upload additional resources here.
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Dalla Lana School of Public Health Leadership Series: Tue, 1 May 2018 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Supervised injection services are critical, evidence-based public health interventions that save lives daily, but are Toronto's four sites enough? Should Canada join countries like Portugal in decriminalizing drug use to help overcome the stigma associated with addiction and improve community health? Registration Information for this free event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/decriminalizing-opioids-and-other-drugs-in-canada-tickets-44647411610
Current situation... I am in a working group looking to properly treat addiction and withdrawal from opioids among this patient population.
Where I want to go... How do I address treating opioid addiction and withdrawal among patients admitted to our mental health department?
Help I'm looking for... I am looking for more information regarding the various treatment options available.
WEBINAR: Workplace Safety and Prescribed Medications in Chronic Pain Patients
Thu, Mar 8, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST Employers are obliged to provide a safe work environment for employees. Unions are concerned for the safety of their members while at work. Assisting workers in achieving a safe and sustainable return to work after illness or injury has always been an appropriate goal of treatment. However, North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees, while ensuring a safe working environment, given the dramatic increase in the number of prescriptions written by physicians in recent years. Link to register: https://www.wwdpi.org/Webinars/Pages/Webinar.aspx?wbID=172
Course in Understanding Stigma
https://moodle9.camhx.ca/moodle/?lang=en Courtesy the Mental Health Commission of Canada and CAMH.
Current situation... I'm a physician from Toronto, that is looking for ways to integrate opioid crisis combative efforts into my practice.
Where I want to go... I'm interested in prescribing practices for patients with non-cancer pain.
Help I'm looking for... What kind of guidelines are available for prescribing to these patients?
Thanks Robert for the great post!
Here's a tool worth checking out:
How is the opioid crisis changing the role of policing?
How can front-line officers be better equipped to deal with this crisis?
Opioid Precribing Practices
I’m looking for more information regarding prescribing practices to get an idea of how these policies contribute to the opioid crisis.
Confronting Inadvertent Stigma and Pejorative Language in Addiction Scholarship: A Recognition and Response
This article makes an appeal for the use of language about substance use disorder that respects the worth and dignity of all persons (“people-first language”); focuses on the medical nature of substan...
Opioid Manager -- Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
April 18, 2018 - 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET
The opioid epidemic is reaching crisis proportions. As many as 40% of patients treated with opioids are on a high dose that puts them at increased risk of an overdose. Yet, tapering patients off opioids is risky, difficult and time-consuming. Learn how a new Opioid Manager app makes it easier, faster and safer to taper patients on high dose opioids. Registration Information: https://www.regonline.ca/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2162920
March 29, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:30pm ET - Strategies for Strengthening Opioid Stewardship: A Conversation with the NQP™ Opioid Stewardship Action Team
Registration Information: http://nqf.commpartners.com/se/Rd/Rg.aspx?807529
Current situation... We have some complex patients on our hospital unit who require pain management but we are concerned about risk of dependency associated with opioid use.
Where I want to go... Are there CPGs for pain management?
Help I'm looking for... Specifically for managing non-cancer related chronic pain
Leadership panel discussion Addressing Opioid use in Ontario: Reducing harm, and improving care
Quality Rounds Ontario
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Noon to 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Current situation... I'm a police officer in the Vancouver, B.C. area.
Where I want to go... Due to spikes in local opioid overdoses, I'm investigating how the opioid crisis is changing the role of policing.
Help I'm looking for... How can how front-line officers be better equipped to deal with the opioid crisis?
Current situation... I partake in running a methadone clinic and heard that fentanyl checking services can be effective.
Where I want to go... My clinic is considering implementing new harm reduction strategies.
Help I'm looking for... Is this true? Dose anyone know anything about the efficacy of these services?
Great article about the reducing the risk associated with potentially harmful medications
Thanks Michiko for the post! Something to think about regarding risk factors for rebellious behaviour.
Is your home an accomplice for your rebellious teen?
Found some interesting information to highlight and think about for any educators, and others: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-safeguards/