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Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Urges Action for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
The following is a blog written by Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD.

I write this today not to provide a listing of programs that my agency has funded nor an update on how we are doing in addressing the opioid crisis. I write this as a physician seeking the help of my fellow physicians and healthcare colleagues around the country.

Many of you are very familiar with the efforts that we, in the government, have put forward to stem the tide of the opioid crisis. States and communities have done the same across the country. Our commitment is real, but it is also potentially futile if we do not have providers out there, on the front lines, willing to take on treating the population of Americans living with opioid use disorder.   [ Read Blog ]
PCSS will soon release an SUD Core Curriculum, giving clinicians the most up-to-date clinical information on treating SUD. Stay tuned!

All PCSS webinars are available as archives here, so if you miss a webinar, you can still access it on the website.

Did you know PCSS offers a core curriculum on treating chronic pain? It's a comprehensive course on prevention, treatment throughout continuum of care.

Need a tool or resource to aid you in your clinical practices? PCSS has a variety of resources to help you and your practice in addressing substance use disorders including clinical guidances, workflow charts, clinical forms, and resources.

Have a quick question you need answered by an addiction and/or pain specialist? Just post it on the PCSS Discussion Forum and get the answers you need and trust that it comes from an expert in the field all at no cost to you.

As always, all trainings and resources are FREE!
PCSS Trainings
American Psychiatric Association:
Vaccines for Opioid Use Disorder:
Focusing on the Fentanyl Epidemic
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Presenters: Thomas R. Kosten, MD, Waggoner Professor in Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine; Fang Yang, MD, PhD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine

Webinar Description: Fentanyl is the leading cause of opioid overdoses during the last couple of years, and these overdoses are not prevented by methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone treatment. However, a vaccine against fentanyl has been able to block fentanyl’s analgesic, reinforcing and respiratory depressant effects in animal models. [Learn more]
American Dental Association:
Analgesic Prescribing in the Opioid Overdose Epidemic:
A Milligram of Prevention
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Raymond Dionne, DDS

Webinar Description: The opioid overdose epidemic results in approximately 170 deaths every day across America. The dental profession has been responsive to the magnitude of this human tragedy and the overwhelming evidence that NSAIDs, acetaminophen and long-acting local anesthetic formulations result in greater analgesia, less adverse effects and much lower risk of drug diversion, misuse and the development of opioid use disorders. [Learn more]
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