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The opioid crisis has been recognized as a major national public health problem, but it actually reflects a collection of many thousands of local crises playing out in individual cities and counties. Each region faces a distinctive set of challenges, driven by economic and social factors, local medical practice patterns, political environment and pressures, and many other considerations. 

GUEST BLOG: 
Monica Mais, MSN, FNP, Academic Detailer
California Opioid Safety Network, Fairchild Medical Clinic, NaRCAD Alumnus

In 2011, I went from 15 years as an Emergency Room nurse to a new role as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a rural healthcare setting. I couldn't believe the amounts of prescribed opioids that were coming out of our little clinic-the average chronic pain patient was receiving 240 Morphine Equivalents/day (MEDs), and many of these patients had been receiving these medications for years without oversight.  In 2013, I introduced an evidence-based protocol and policy for safe prescribing of Opiates for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CNCP)... Read more.











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