Conference Held to Educate Prescribers on Best Practices

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County and the Prescription Opioid Branch of the Community Overdose Action Team is hosting Navigating the Opioid Crisis, a two-day conference to educate prescribers about the dangers of prescription opioids and alternatives to their use. The event is being held Wednesday October 17 and Thursday October 18 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Marriott at the University of Dayton.

The event features two different evening programs for area physicians, physician assistants, dentists, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and anyone else who can prescribe opioids. Presenters will address topics such as best practices on proper prescription guidelines, patient monitoring, alternative pain management, opioid-free anesthesia, screening, drug testing, and peer recovery, among others.

In 2017 there were a total of 566 overdose deaths with 25% of those mentioning prescription opioids in Montgomery County. Beyond the overdose deaths, prescription opioids can act as a first-step toward illicit opioid use and addiction.

“According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the amount of opioids prescribed per person was three times higher in 2015 than in 1999,” said Barbara Marsh, Assistant to the Health Commissioner and Co-lead of the Community Overdose Action Team.    While prescriptions for opioids have been decreasing since 2015, they are still an important part of the problem.

The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) was formed in the fall of 2016 and is made up of over 100 organizations and over 200 community members whose goal is to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Montgomery County. For more information about the COAT visit www.phdmc.org/coat.

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