DuPage County Health Department hosts seminar on 'Navigating Opioid Safety Across the Continuum of Care'

  • Healthcare providers learn about pain management, tapering, dependency, treatment, and referral to improve patient safety, health outcomes, and clinician well-being at the DuPage County Health Department seminar "Navigating Opioid Safety Across the Continuum of Care."

    Healthcare providers learn about pain management, tapering, dependency, treatment, and referral to improve patient safety, health outcomes, and clinician well-being at the DuPage County Health Department seminar "Navigating Opioid Safety Across the Continuum of Care." Courtesy of Nick Tunzi, DuPage County Health Department

 
Submitted by Don Bolger
Updated 10/11/2019 10:56 PM

As part of the ongoing response to the opioid overdose epidemic, the DuPage County Health Department hosted a free educational seminar, "Navigating Opioid Safety Across the Continuum of Care," for nearly 150 healthcare professionals Oct. 3 at Medinah Shrine Center in Addison.

Heroin and opioid-related overdose deaths remain at epidemic levels nationally and in DuPage County, and opioid use disorder often starts with prescribed opioids and may lead to overdose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The health department offered the seminar to prescribers, including healthcare providers of all types, to learn about pain management, tapering, dependency, treatment, and referral to improve patient safety, health outcomes, and clinician well-being.

Featured speakers included Dr. Rashmi Chugh, M.D., MPH, Medical Officer, DuPage County Health Department; and Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Rush Medical College, Community Behavior Health, Rush Medical College; Director, Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (CARES) American Institutes for Research (AIR), Washington, D.C.

The seminar supported key elements of the Framework adopted by the DuPage County Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce, including: reducing access to drugs; reducing opioid use and misuse; and providing substance use prevention and education

The DuPage County HOPE Taskforce and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided funds for a portion of the seminar.

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Dr. Chugh led the introduction and welcome.

Dr. Joseph E. Fojtik, M.D., FACP Deputy Medical Coordinator Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, discussed "A guide to new opioid prescribing rules: An update from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations."

Dr. Salisbury-Afshar talked about assisting patients with opioid use disorder, including diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. William Campbell, D.O., Family Medicine/Pain Medicine Health Solutions in Tinley Park, discussed the role of opioids in the safe treatment of chronic pain.

Dr. David Ring, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care and Professor of Surgery and Psychiatry Dell Medical School at University of Texas, talked about safe and effective alleviation of acute pain.

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