Resources for Health Care Professionals
Because of the significant rise in both fatal and non-fatal overdoses due to prescription opioids in the region and across the state, the Tri-County Opioid Safety Coalition supports clinician education efforts on safer opioid prescribing and better supporting patients living with persistent pain.
A key strategy to reversing the prescription opioid overdose epidemic is addressing opioid prescribing practices that lead to misuse, overdose and death.
"Expand your knowledge base with persistent pain and addiction medicine programs. The Oregon ECHO Network enhances the ability of primary care physicians and their teams to treat chronic and complex illnesses in their hometown clinic and increases patient access to care. The Oregon ECHO Network connects primary care providers with specialists for live, weekly video teleconferences. These one-hour virtual clinics give primary care physicians real-time reviews of complex cases. Expert specialists provide written treatment recommendations. Each session also includes a 15- to 20-minute didactic presentation. CME credits and Maintenance of Certification credits for Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics are provided at no cost."
Oregon Pain Guidance is the statewide resource for health care professionals treating pain. Please visit their site for the most up-to-date information on:
- Pain Treatment Guidelines
- Tools such as MED calculators, Tapering Flow Sheets and Patient Communication
- The Six Building Blocks of Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing
- TelePain, Project ECHO and upcoming conferences
- The Oregon Coalition for the Responsible Use of Meds (OrCRM)
- Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives- National Academy of Sciences
- Balancing Pain Management and Prescription Opioid Abuse – CDC Educational Material
- Pain Management CME Series – American Medical Association
- Pain Medicine Provider Toolkit – University of Washington Pain Center
- Pain Medicine Health Library – University of Washington Pain Center
- Physicians for Responsible Prescribing (PROP)
- Primary Care Behavioral Health and Clinical Downloads
- Principles For More Selective And Cautious Opioid Prescribing – Group Health Cooperative
- Systematic approach to the use of opioids – www.PainEDU.org