Opioid Prescribing Policy Development Underway.
40 or so physicians, pharmacists, administrators, nurses, social workers, counselors and concerned citizens met for over 2 hours June 24, 2014 to begin the process of consensus as we work to develop a community-wide prescribing policy and guidelines for prescribing and refilling opioids and other controlled substances. Dr. Kim Tjaden facilitated three group discussion rounds as we gather input from several health perspectives on our way towards a community policy/guidelines that will help us do a better job with prescribing these meds in our 3-county area. Dr. Tjaden and Mandy Rubenstein, Stearns Benton Medical Society Executive Director are processing the many comments and findings of the group discussions and will be publishing results so far by next week. We added several new names to our database of community participants. Our community pharmacists made a particularly strong showing and contributed substantially to our discussion. Watch for a summary of our findings here or in your e-mail by next week. We are very excited with the enthusiastic participation we have experienced so far.
We are planning our next meeting of the Central Minnesota Prescribing Coalition in late August. Please watch for dates and times. We would also like to plan at least one appearance at a Summertime by George event, probably in August. We will also participate in the Whitney Senior Health Expo on Saturday, August 16. Please call me at 320-492-8207 or Mandy at 320-252-8550 with questions or suggestions.