Behavioral Health

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Latest AHA News

CDC awards $28 million to help states fight opioid overdoses AHA Today (September 6, 2017)

CDC: Illicit opioids key contributor to overdose deaths AHA Today (September 5, 2017)

HHS seeks nominations to task force on pain management best practices AHA Today (August 25, 2017)

SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003 AHA Today (August 23, 2017)

Teen overdose deaths increase in 2015 after declining since 2007 AHA Today (August 16, 2017)

Trump to declare national emergency on opioid abuse AHA Today (August 11, 2017)

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis AHA STAT (August 11, 2017)

Map shows state trends in opioid-related hospital stays AHA Today (August 7, 2017)

Senate passes FDA Reauthorization Act AHA Today (August 4, 2017)

Senate passes Jessie's Law AHA Today (August 3, 2017)

President urged to declare opioid epidemic national emergency AHA Today (August 1, 2017)

HHS awards grants to prevent opioid misuse among women, girls AHA Today (July 28, 2017)

CDC announces state funding to address opioid epidemic AHA Today (July 18, 2017)

SAMHSA reports decline in non-medical use of pain relievers AHA Today (July 17, 2017)

FDA to extend REMS requirements to immediate-release opioids AHA Today (July 14, 2017)

CDC: Opioid prescribing down since 2010, but varies widely AHA Today (July 6, 2017)

AHRQ: Opioid-related hospital stays increasing faster for women than men AHA Today (June 20, 2017)

SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends AHA Today (June 12, 2017)

FDA asks company to remove opioid drug from market AHA Today (June 9, 2017)

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Executive Dialogue Series, Webinars, and Conference Calls

Catholic Medical Center's Aggressive Response to the Opioid Epidemic, Manchester, N.H.(August 8, 2017)

Substance Use Prevention: How to Make it Work in Your Community (January 19, 2017)

Morrison County’s Success in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse (December 13, 2016)

Essentia Health’s COAT Program Reduces Opioid Addiction (November 16, 2016)

The Addiction Crisis: A Community's Response (October 2016)

Our Community Responds to the Opiate Epidemic: Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis  (July 2016)

The Safe Passage Initiative: Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis (May 2016)

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AHA Members in Action

Project Engage seizes 'reachable moment' to treat substance use disorder, AHA News (August 16, 2017)

Safer and More Appropriate Opioid Prescribing: A Large Healthcare System’s Comprehensive Approach – Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (July 2017)

Drug Court Teams – New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm, MN (May 2017)

Conservative Management Clinic – Winona Health, Winona, MN (May 2017)

Post-Surgery Prescription Program – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (March 2017)

Controlled Substance Care Team – CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls, MN (March 2017)

A Multi-Pronged Approach to the Opioid Crisis – Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH (February 2017)

Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (February 2017)

Maternal Opiate Medical Support Project – MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH (January 2017)

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CDC, HHS, and SAMHSA Resources

SAMHSA Reports and Detailed Tables From the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (September 2017)

Issue Brief: Prescription Behavior Surveillance System (PBSS), CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (July 2017)

Vital Signs (CDC's Monthly Report)

CDC's Guideline Resources: Posters

Report: Protecting Our Infants Act Report to Congress (January 19, 2017)

White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women (December 2016)

CDC's Opioid Guide Mobile App (December 2016)

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (November 2016)

Advancing the Care of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants: A Foundation for Clinical Guidance, SAMHSA (August 3, 2016)

A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare and Collaborating Service Providers, SAMHSA (August 2016)

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions Substance Use Trainings

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) and CDC Call Series (June - December 2016)

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, Guideline Resources, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  (March 2016)

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, SAMHSA (January 2016)

Hospitals & Health Networks Coverage

Stemming the Opioid Tide in Rural Communities (July 20, 2017)

Stats Indicate Mixed Results in Stemming the Opioid Epidemic (July 7, 2017)

Video: How One Kentucky Health System Is Battling the Opioid Epidemic (June 21, 2017)

Video: AMA Chair Outlines Doctors’ Next Steps to Combat Opioid Epidemic (April 26, 2017)

Price Says $1 billion on the Way to Help States Fight Opioid Epidemic (April 21, 2017)

‘Fentanyl is Coming’ for Your Community, Warns Massachusetts Senator (April 19, 2017)

6 Ways Kentucky Is Aiming to End the Opioid Scourge in 2017 (April 18, 2017)

School Nurses Ready for Opioid Overdoses (April 4, 2017)

For more H&HN stories on the opioid epidemic, visit the H&HN website.

Other AHA Resources

Prescription Opioids: What You Need to Know (June 2016)

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards (April 27, 2016)
    Joint Commission Statement on Pain Management (April 18, 2016)

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Related Resources

Issue Brief: Medicaid and the Opioid Epidemic: Enrollment, Spending, and the Implications of Proposed Policy Changes, The Kaiser Family Foundation (July 2017)

Annals of Surgery: Special Series: The Opioid Crisis (Some articles require a subscription)

Levels of Care for Rhode Island Emergency Departments and Hospitals for Treating Overdose and Opioid Use Disorder, Rhode Island Dept. of Health, Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare and Hospitals Developmental Disabilities (March 2017)

U.S. Surgeon General appeals to America’s clinicians to visit where they can pledge their commitment to combating opioid misuse (August 2016)

Prescription Drug 2016: Addressing America’s Drug Epidemic (June 2016)

Heroin overdose antidote now costs double, The Daily Beast  (May 30, 2016)

Opioid abuse in chronic pain – misconceptions and mitigation strategies, New England Journal of Medicine (March 31, 2016)

Opioid use and overdose: what we’ve learned in Ontario, Healthcare Quarterly (January 2016)

Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids Implementation Guide, Society for Hospital Medicine, Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement.  (2015) (Free registration required)

AAMI Foundation Report Makes Case for Continuous Monitoring of Patients Receiving Opioids, AAMI (December 18, 2015)

CMS Survey and Certification Letter related to monitoring of post-operative patients receiving IV opioid medications (March 14, 2014)



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