Opioid Management: Provider Education
Over the last two decades, opioid prescription and prevalence has increased to account for over 33,000 deaths per year (Soelberg, Brown, Du Vivier, Meyer & Ramachandran, 2017). This is not only due to overdose, but misuse, abuse, and addiction. The abrupt increase in prescriptions, pills dispensed, and opioid-related deaths have encouraged the involvement of multiple entities.
In 2016, the opioid crisis gained the attention of communities that released guidelines to regulate prescription of opioid pain management. Such entities include the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute on Drug Abuse, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Evidence shows that prescribing practices between providers vary. It also shows that providers lack knowledge of appropriate opioid prescribing and management. To address this problem, provider education on an opioid policy is the most effective way to uniform opioid prescribing.