Opioid Prescribing Presentation Garners Sharp Interest at November 18, 2014 Annual Meeting of the Stearns Benton Medical Society

50 Guests and members engaged with two excellent opioid prescribing experts on the “how to” of opioid and other controlled substance prescribing in the Atwood Ballroom at St. Cloud State University Tuesday night.

Doctors, nurses, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, counselors, attorneys, students and other concerned citizens attended an excellent presentation Tuesday night on campus at SCSU to hear Drs. Charlie Reznikoff an Dave Thorson present a detailed, thought-provoking educational session on best practice opioid/controlled substance prescribing.  We also heard from current MMA President, Dr. Don Jacobs who brought us up to date on the latest MMA and medical practice issues facing doctors and patients in Minnesota today.

With broad representative participation by ER, urgent care, school district, hospital, pain clinic, pharmacy, clinic and campus personnel, we had lively discussion on controlled substance prescribing and what works and what doesn’t.  The experts pointed out that there is very little in the evidence-based literature to support each of the tenets of even the most popular guidelines.  We are fortunate to have had Dr. Reznikoff and Dr. Thorson lead this discussion as both served on the ICSI Opioid Prescribing Protocol development taskforce which Dr. Thorson actually chaired.  By evening’s end, the consensus was that we will all need to follow the same principles and use similar clinical tools in order to bring uniformity to opioid/controlled substance prescribing within our community and our State.  While we expect that each clinical practice might prefer to emphasize certain tools or make adaptations to the original guidelines like the ones developed by ICSI, if we can all follow the same treatment principles, then we will deliver better care with less stress and less distressing outcomes for clinicians and patients.

We plan additional meetings after the first of the new year.  We are working on curriculum for a 3-4 hour opioid/controlled substance refresher course that can be presented live as is currently done for CPR and similar certifications, or presented online and perhaps for CME credit for either method.  Please call Pat Zook at 320-492-8207 if you have suggestions for developing this course or if you would like to be one of the presenter/trainers.

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