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Got Pain?

There Is No Magic Pill SSVMS’ Efforts to Address the Opioid Epidemic By Mei Lin Jackson mjackson@ssvms.org

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t is no secret that the nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. While the media often focuses on headlines from the Midwest and East Coast, the epidemic is steadily growing throughout the West Coast, too. In 2017, Sacramento County alone faced 61 opioid overdose deaths, 157 opioid overdose hospitalizations and 207 opioid overdose emergency department visits. Furthermore, there were over one million opioid prescriptions dispensed to county residents, equating to approximately one prescription for every two out of three residents. Physicians must play a key role in addressing the local opioid crisis. Therefore, SSVMS created the Rx Safe Physicians program, which is focused on increasing public education about opioid misuse, treatment and recovery, expanding the number of X-waiver physicians, and on improving access to Naloxone. Through a grant awarded by the California Department of Public Health, Rx Safe Physicians has partnered with the Sacramento Opioid Coalition to bring together diverse stakeholders, including the Sacramento County Departments of Behavioral Health, Alcohol and Drug Services, and Public Health, Harm Reduction Services, law enforcement, health care providers at all levels, folks in recovery, and other community members from a variety of backgrounds who aim to prevent opioid misuse and abuse. In collaboration with local pain management physicians, SSVMS has developed the “Got Pain? There Is No Magic Pill” poster campaign to encourage physicians and patients to explore a full range of options to address chronic pain. The campaign is not meant to cut patients off from Mei Lin Jackson is a program coordinator at SSVMS.

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their current opioid prescriptions. Instead, the goal is to keep patients opioid naïve (if possible). The “Got Pain” campaign emboldens patients to explore other ways to find pain relief in lieu of, or in addition to, their current prescriptions—because an empowered patient can prove to be a healthier and happier patient. The poster lists complementary therapies, in both English and Spanish, such as nerve blocks, help for depression and anxiety, diet and exercise, and spinal cord stimulation. Additionally, it directs viewers to an online resource guide, www.sacramentoopioidcoalition. org/directory/, which details where to access these resources in the Sacramento region. The posters are

Over 1,000,000 opioid prescriptions were dispensed to county residents in 2017, or about one prescription for every two out of three residents. currently displayed in over 40 local pharmacies and physician offices. If your office would like to take part in this poster campaign, please contact me at mjackson@ssvms.org. We can provide you with multiple posters for your waiting and clinical rooms. For more information about our other efforts to combat the opioid crisis in our region, please visit sacopioidcoalition.org and follow @sacopioidco on Twitter. This free poster from SSVMS and the Opioid Coalition can help you and your patients have productive discussions about opioids and complementary therapies. The poster is available for your exam room by contacting Mei Lin Jackson at mjackson@ssvms.org.

Profile for Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

2019-Jul/Aug - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...

2019-Jul/Aug - SSV Medicine  

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine is the official journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and promotes the history,...