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PCSS Implementation:
Virginia Health Center Dramatically Increases OUD Patients
Daily Planet Health Services, with healthcare clinics in Richmond, Virginia, embraced the concept of using medications to treat opioid use disorder, but needed guidance from PCSS implementation and clinical specialists to make it a reality.

When first selected as a clinical site for the PCSS implementation project, two physicians at the Daily Planet were waivered to prescribe buprenorphine but were treating only a handful of patients. More than a year later, however, much has changed for the Daily Planet. Currently, seven clinicians are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine and the centers are treating 103 patients.  [ Read more ]
PCSS Trainings
APA Webinar: Tracking Drug Use Patterns
Date: March 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Presenter: Jane C. Maxwell, PhD; Research Professor, Addiction Research Institute, The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Webinar description: This presentation will focus on the latest data on emerging drug trends, including opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis, and synthetic cannabinoids. It will show trends and encourage the use of data sources that are available but not frequently seen. [Learn more]
Archived Webinar and Follow-up Webinar on Kratom Now Available
Kratom, A Substance of Increasing Concern
The leaves of Kratom, a small tree indigenous to Southeast Asia, have been used for centuries medicinally and as a stimulant. The active ingredients including the molecule Mitragynine, have some unique properties that have led to its use in many developed counties including the United States. Reports of several deaths have led the DEA to designate Kratom as a substance of concern.

Follow-up Q and A Webinar: Kratom, A Substance of Increasing Concern
This Q and A webinar will further discuss Drs. Penders and Stanciu’s webinar from 11/28/18, “Kratom, A Substance of Increasing Concern.” It will allow participants of the webinar to pose questions to both presenters and they will address questions that were not covered during the original training session.
Did you know...

  • PAs and NPs can take the full 24 hours of training required to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. And it's all online and free!

  • PCSS has a comprehensive Pain Curriculum for primary care providers in treating chronic pain and addressing concerns about opioid use disorder
News and Publications
PCSS Online Brochure. Please share this link with colleagues: https://goo.gl/G1ay6H
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5U79TI026556-03 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.