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American Dental Association Webinar:
Opioids: Current Status of the Crisis, Response, and Future Directions
Presenter: Scott Winiecki, MD, Team Lead, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Staff, Safe Use Team, Food and Drug Administration

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Webinar description: This webinar will focus on the current state of the opioid crisis, including deaths from prescription and illicit opioids, prescribing trends, and steps being taken to address the crisis.  [Learn more]
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists/PCSS Webinar Tomorrow: Struggles with Urine Drug Screens
Presenter: Karen Moeller, PharmD, BCPP, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS

Date: July 11, 2018

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET

Webinar description: This webinar will focus on the current state of the opioid crisis, including deaths from prescription and illicit opioids, prescribing trends, and steps being taken to address the crisis. The role of the FDA and state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs will be discussed.  [Learn more]
American Dental Association Archived Webinar:
Federal Law, Regulations, and the Dispensing of Controlled Substances
Presenter: Loren T. Miller, Associate Section Chief of the Policy and Liaison Section in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Control Division (FDA)

Webinar description: The presentation will briefly touch on the depth of the opioid crisis, the closed system of distribution enforced by the DEA and the practitioner’s role in the closed system and sources of diversion. [Learn more]
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American Academy of Pediatrics Releases PSA on Safely Storing Medications
Every year, more than 60,000 kids end up in the emergency room because they were able to access medicine when an adult wasn't looking. In this public service announcement from the AAP, Dr. Shelly Flais explains how to protect children by safely storing medicine at home. Health care providers can share the PSA on practice websites or social media by using this code: <iframe width="854" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bUal9CbiKts" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> The video is available for viewing on YouTube. And in addition to this PSA, HealthyChildren.org has more information for parents on this topic you can share with your patients.
National Institutes of Health HEAL Initiative
to Address Opioid Crisis through Research
The National Institutes of Health kicked off its HEAL initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) to address the opioid crisis, with the announcement last month of several bold research projects across NIH. The HEAL initiative will focus on two main areas: improving opioid addiction treatments and enhancing pain management to prevent addiction and overdose. [Learn more]
National Council Creates Toolkit for Recovery Housing
The National Council developed a toolkit that addresses needs of policymakers and advocates when considering legislative and regulatory approaches. This resource provides strategies and tools as well as examples of policy language that addresses the role and contribution of recovery housing, standards of care for recovery housing and protections for people in recovery served by such residences. [Learn more]
NIDA Training Module Now Available for Acute Pain Management in Hospitalized Adults
A case-based clinician training module designed for the evaluation of acute pain and opioid management for adults is now available through the Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) program, coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Opioid Management for Acute Pain in Hospitalized Adults is the 10th pain education interactive CoEPE module developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium and is designed for emergency room responders and pharmacists. [Learn more]
New clinician screening tool available for substance use
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network has unveiled a new scientifically validated, online screening tool designed to assess a patient’s risk for substance misuse and substance use disorder, and assist the health care provider with prevention and treatment strategies. The Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance use (TAPS) Tool is available on the NIDAMED Web Portal and consists of a comprehensive screening component followed by a brief assessment for those who screen positive. [Learn more]
Conference Looks at Evidence-Based Pain Treatment
Combating the Opioid Crisis: Evidence-Based Management of Chronic Pain, a two-day conference held Aug. 5-6, 2019 in Chicago, will highlight a variety of topics on opioids and treating pain. Topics include: Opioids in the Acute Care Setting; Risk Factors for Abuse & Addiction; Opioid Addiction Treatment Options; Opioids for Chronic Non-Malignant Pain: Where’s the Evidence?; Neurocognitive & Endocrine Effects of Opioids; Opioids in Cancer; Adjuvant Treatment Options: Do They Even Work? [Learn more]
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PCSS Online Brochure. Please share this link with colleagues: https://goo.gl/G1ay6H
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 5H79TI025595-03, 5U79TI026556-02 and 3U79TI026556-02S1 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.