NEW Online Training for Providers Launches Today
Today, CDC launches the first in a series of interactive, online trainings for healthcare providers. These trainings feature the recommendations in the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, providing sample scenarios, feedback, and resources. This series is intended to help healthcare providers:
- Communicate effectively with patients about opioid use
- Decide when to initiate or continue opioid therapy
- Offer appropriate nonopioid options for pain management
- Assess and address risks and harms of opioid use
The first training, and all future ones to be added, will be available for continuing education credit and can be found on the Training web page.
New Web Feature Article: America Fights Opioid Overdose
The majority of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. involve an opioid. In fact, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid-related overdose. We all have a role to play on the front line of this fight against opioid overdoses. Here at CDC, our role is to support physicians with tips and tools for safer prescribing of opioids, and to prevent opioid misuse and overdoses. Today is the first day of the 2017 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, where CDC meets with diverse groups working on prescription drug and heroin overdose prevention, and we share resources on how we can best work together to protect the health and safety of fellow Americans. Read the new Feature Article to learn more.
- Media Planet: On the Frontlines of America’s Opioid Epidemic
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- Faul M, Bohm M, Alexander C. Methadone Prescribing and Overdose and the Association with Medicaid Preferred Drug List Policies — United States, 2007–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:320–323. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.