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Academy of Pain Medicine Announces Two-Day Course for Safe Prescribing for Your Primary Physician
Date:11/4/2011

PM's Past President's Scott Fishman, MD's "Responsible Opioid Prescribing" publication, which has become an authoritative reference for safe prescribing.
  • Ongoing education to the medical community about the latest science and treatments for pain. The June 2011 issue of the Academy's journal, Pain Medicine published a series of manuscripts describing the complexities of the problem of safe prescribing, but also identified where significant progress has been made to curb and reverse this serious issue.
  • "We strongly believe that prescribers, policymakers, and our communities must work collaboratively to ensure all patients who need prescription medication have access to them but are safely and appropriately prescribed and consumed," Dr. Fine added.  

    These efforts align perfectly with the recently released CDC report, which concludes "Improving the way prescription painkillers are prescribed can reduce the number of people who misuse, abuse or overdose from these powerful drugs, while making sure patients have access to safe, effective treatment."

    The Academy's Safe Opioid Prescribing Program has the statistical base of proof that reversing the trends is indeed possible.  It is based on a successful pilot program that was launched in 2007 in Utah through the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), when a public awareness and provider educational program effectively reversed trends of unintentional drug deaths in the state. 

    "After the first year of the 2007 campaign, the state experienced its largest decreases in prescription drug deaths since 1994," AAPM Board Member Lynn Webster, MD said, citing the UDOH findings. 

    "These findings were remarkable," Webster said.  And, that is when he began building the foundation of what is now the AAPM's Safe Opioid Prescribing curriculum that uses th
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