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The Opioid Overdose Epidemic: What is a Clinician To Do?

Begins On: April 10th 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - Reception 7:00 pm - Dinner & Program ~~~~ Childcare Available
Location: Oxford Hotel Minnesota Ballroom,10 NW Minnesota Avenue [Downtown Bend]

 Jessica LeBlanc, M.D.
Mosaic Medical and Bend Treatment Center

Kimberly Swanson, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist/Behavioral Health Consultant, St. Charles Healthcare System
Kym Garrett, L.Ac.
Kym Garrett Acupuncture

Professional practice gap this activity is addressing:  Providers are uncertain of what are the acceptable uses of narcotics for pain management. They need information on alternative strategies, alternative therapies for pain management. We need to know what resources are available and how they can best support our patients who are trying to stop or decrease use of narcotics for pain management.

Educational need underlying this gap: Providers need information on the guidelines for use of opiates in acute and chronic pain management.  We also need to know what alternatives for pain management are available.

Why does the problem exist?   The problem exist because many of our patients do have acute and chronic painful conditions. We are obligated to treat their pain, but need guidance on best options. When opiates are appropriate, what is the best practice for using them.  When addiction issues have developed, what can be done to help these patients?

What do we need to change? We want to optimize the initial pain management strategy for providers as they treat acute pain and chronic pain. We want narcotics to be used in the most appropriate type and duration.  We want providers to consider integrated medicine approaches, such as acupuncture.

This activity is designed to change: 1) Narcotic prescription patterns. 2) Referral to addiction treatment centers.  3)Referrals to integrative medicine options.

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