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Providers becoming Proactive on the Opioid Epidemic Mass Medical Society  

This is from the Massachusetts Medical Society - Vital Signs This Week.   Jan 11, 2019:

MMS President Dr. Alain A. Chaoui joined Dr. Mattie Castiel, Commissioner of Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester, to film a short PSA that validated the fact that opioid use disorder is a disease, attempts to debunk stigma, inform residents about where they can turn for help, and an action request that calls on those who suffer from opioid use disorder to have a conversation with a health care provider about medication-assisted treatment, its effectiveness and availability.  

This initiative stems from a meeting at MMS Headquarters two months back that was attended by Dr. Castiel, among others, during which stakeholders discussed the need to increase the use of and prescribers of MAT as we continue to stare down the opioid epidemic. Importantly, we include at the end of the video contact information for agencies in the city at which residents can seek medical guidance.

MMS actually produced a short video for public education regarding this topic:

In this video, they state:  “Opioid use disorder is a chronic brain disease, and the first step toward recovery can be a conversation with your doctor or health care provider. In this public service announcement, MMS President Dr. Alain Chaoui and Dr. Mattie Castiel, Commissioner of Health and Human Services for the City of Worcester, explain the importance of talking about addiction, and where you or someone you care about can find help.”


As health care providers, we need to become pro-active in our efforts to discover, understand and address opiate and other potentially addicting medication use by our patients.  We may have the first, and maybe the only opportunity, to address our patients regarding substance abuse and our efforts - education and potential interventions - may make a lifetime of difference for a patient.

Don’t let the opportunity slip by you – history may not help you – information in your State’s PDMP may be the only source of information that can help you gain insight into meds prescribed for your patient – often by other providers. This information can add another dimension to your patient assessment and diagnoses.

I have found that having the NarxCare Scores for all the patients on my schedule for the day helps me focus my efforts on evaluating certain patients with High NarxCare Scores – I have a quick link to the PDMP report and I can have an understanding of the patient’s medication history.

As we gear up towards providing early intervention for our patients, make sure you are routinely querying your State’s PDMP.

If you want to start doing secure PDMP queries on all your scheduled patients - without burdening your staff and having lots of paper reports to look at – we here at PDMG, Inc. can help you with our eppili product!


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