Behavioral Health

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Latest AHA News

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)

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis AHA Today (May 31, 2017)

President names five to commission on opioid crisis AHA News Now (May 11, 2017)

HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid addiction AHA News Now (April 20, 2017)

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines AHA News Now (April 18, 2017)

Tool depicts national, local drug poisoning trends AHA News Now (April 18, 2017)

Heroin use disorders triple over decade AHA News Now (March 31, 2017)

President establishes commission to review federal response to opioid crisis AHA News Now (March 30, 2017)

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool AHA News Now (March 20, 2017)

SAMHSA announces webinar on substance use disorder confidentiality rule AHA News Now (March 10, 2017)

Coverage Matters in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse AHA Blog (March 3, 2017)

Study: Many people treated with buprenorphine continue to receive other opioids AHA News (February 27, 2017)

SAMHSA delays implementation of substance use disorder confidentiality rule AHA News Now (February 15, 2017)

HHS: Uninsured mental health, substance use hospitalizations fall AHA News Now (January 12, 2017)

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Looking for recent AHA LETTERS, ADVISORIES, and BULLETINS on the opioid epidemic? Click here.

Executive Dialogue Series, Webinars, and Conference Calls

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)

Looking for more CONFERENCE CALLS AND WEBINARS? Click here.

AHA Members in Action

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)

Hampton Police and Sentara partner to combat opiate overdoses, WTKR (November 2016)

STATE OBOT-B – Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (September 2016)

Looking for more CASE EXAMPLES of how hospitals are addressing the opioid epidemic? Click here.

CDC, HHS, and SAMHSA Resources

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

‘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)

CDC Says Deaths From Heroin, Painkillers Continue to Surge (December 9, 2016)

Trying to Solve the Nation’s Pain Paradox, Opioid Epidemic — Insurers’ Role (November 10, 2016)

Video: National Pain Strategy Lacking Attention, Legislative Push, Says Chicago Pain Pro (October 20, 2016)

Video: Creating Clarity in the Confusion of Treating Pain Patients (October 19, 2016)

The Pain Paradox (October 11, 2016)

Feds Hope Innovation, Competition Can Stem Tide of Opioid Deaths (September 23, 2016)

President Declares This Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week (September 20, 2016)

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)

Looking for recent AHA LETTERS, ADVISORIES, and BULLETINS on the opioid epidemic? Click here.

Related Content

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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