Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - Resources

AHA Resources

Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid EpidemicStem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (October 2017)
This toolkit, released by the AHA, provides guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can partner with patients, clinicians and communities to address the opioid epidemic. Developed with input from a multidisciplinary team of front-line clinicians and subject matter experts, the toolkit includes links to guidelines, training, webinars, reports and other resources.

This patient resource, created by AHA and the CDC, was designed to help hospitals foster more effective and fact-based conversations between patients and physicians about opioids, the risks and the alternatives. The one-page resource, developed with input from subject matter and hospital clinical and behavioral health experts, is an important addition to the growing number of AHA opioid abuse resources already available. We appreciate partnering with CDC to help hospitals and physicians work directly with patients to better manage pain and live healthier, more productive lives. (February 2018)

Addressing the Prescription Opioid Crisis: Advancing Provider Education and Collaborating with All Stakeholders, NEJM Catalyst, Jay Bhatt, DO & Elisa Arespacochaga, American Hospital Association (November 2017)

Executive Dialogue Series, Webinars, and Conference Calls

Improving Care for Hospitalized Adults with Substance Use Disorder - understanding needs, engaging leaders, and changing systems (November 9, 2017)

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)

Memorial Healthcare System: Maternal Addiction Treatment - Preventing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (October 26 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)

OHSU: Our Community Responds to the Opiate Epidemic  (July 22, 2016)

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

Monterey County's Prescribe Safe Initiative: Montage Health, Monterey, CA April 2016)

SAMHSA Proposed Rule: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records (April 2016)

Clinical Pharmacist Chronic Pain Services: Implementing Interprofessional Care (March 2016)

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Massachusetts' Path to Action (March 2016)

Hospital and Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis: Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital's Approach (February 2016)

Members in Action

Boston Medical Center - Making Sure Patients Who Need Opioid Meds for Pain Use Them Effectively (November 9, 2017)

Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) (October 2017)

Improving the Hospital and Emergency Department Response to Substance Use Disorders: A Project ASSERT Case Study (October 2017)

Bridgton Hospital -- Tackling the Opioid Crisis in a Rural Community AHA Today (September 27, 2017)

St. Vincent Medical Center Riverside Trains ‘Peer-Recovery Specialists’ H&HN (September 20, 2017)

Christiana Care Health’s Project Engage seizes 'reachable moment' to treat substance use disorder AHA Today (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)

Other Resources

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (Updated June 2018)

Dose of Reality Campaign: Prevent Prescription Painkiller Abuse in Nebraska

The American Medical Association (AMA) is launching a new digital tool kit as part of its ongoing efforts to improve access to high-quality treatment for patients seeking multidisciplinary pain care and for a substance use disorder. The tool kit will be used by the AMA and the nation’s medical societies to urge physicians to upload stories about their patients who encounter obstacles when seeking care for pain and/or a substance use disorder. (February 2018)

USDA: Opioid Misuse in Rural America (February 2018)

Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States Face Provider Shortage to Address Opioid Epidemic, Avalere, (February 21, 2018)

Caring for Ms. L. — Overcoming My Fear of Treating Opioid Use Disorder, New England Journal of Medicine, (February 15, 2018)

SAMHSA TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (February 2018)

SAMHSA Fact Sheet: Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (February 2018)

CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) – on Opioids

Addressing the Prescription Opioid Crisis: Advancing Provider Education and Collaborating with All Stakeholders, NEJM Catalyst (November 8, 2017)

President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (November 1, 2017)

SAMHSA Press Release: SAMHSA Reaffirms Efforts to Address the Public Health Emergency on the Opioid Crisis (October 26, 2017)

Expanding Treatment Opportunities for Hospitalized Patients with Opioid Use Disorders, Journal of Hospital Medicine (October 18, 2017)

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

CDC's Guideline Resources: Posters

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

Joint Commission Statement on Pain Management (April 18, 2016)

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

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

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, SAMHSA (January 2016)

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

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

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)

Featured AHA Resources

Chair File: Understanding and Treating Substance Use Disorders by Nancy Agee, AHA Board Chair and President and CEO of Carilion Clinic (April 2018)

Issue Brief: AHA Priorities to Address the Opioid Crisis (March 2018)

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