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26th Napa Pain Conference

NPC26-Su4 - Prescribing Opioids

Aug 18, 2019 11:45am ‐ Aug 18, 2019 1:00pm


Prescribing Opioids

Target Audience: Clinicians treating acute or chronic pain, healthcare advocates, community organizers

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, learners will be better able to:

  • Formulate a personal plan for addressing the opioid crisis


Challenges of Managing Opioid Medications in Primary Care

Amy K. McEntee, DO

Panel: Prescribing Opioids Where are we at? What are we doing? What is Changing?

Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, FIPP

Amy K. McEntee, DO

Linda L. Porter, PhD

Mark Schumacher, MD, PhD

Samir Sheth, MD

Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM


In the treatment of chronic pain, there may be no area of greater controversy than the use of opioids. Identification of individuals currently using opioids in a problematic way is important given the substantial recent increases in prescription rates and consequent increases in morbidity and mortality.

The opioid epidemic has resulted from myriad causes and will not be solved by any simple solution. Consequent to a staggering increase in opioid-related deaths in the USA, various governmental inputs and stakeholder strategies have been proposed and implemented with varying success.

Additional Reading

  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


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