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Providers have an important role to play in helping prevent overdoses in Connecticut. The most important thing providers can do is to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [(CDC) guidelines for safe prescribing].Other strategies for protecting patients include:

  GET QUALIFIED TO TREAT OPIOID USE DISORDER :
Providers need to obtain a waiver to legally prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. [Read More]
  USE THE PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM:
Use the PMP every time you prescribe opioids to help track the use of controlled substances. [Read More]
  PRESCRIBE NALOXONE :
Learn about naloxone and start prescribing and educating patients today.
[Read More]
  KNOW THE TREATMENT OPTIONS :
Learn about treatment options available to patients and how to refer them.
[Read More]

TREATING OPIOID USE DISORDER IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

The Emergency Department provides an important opportunity for providers to connect with patients who are seeking treatment for opioid use disorder. Initiating medication-assisted treatment in an ED setting has proven to be effective:

A [2015 study] published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that twice as many patients were in treatment for opioid use disorder at 30 days post-release from the ED (approximately 80%) after receiving ED-initiated buprenorphine and a brief negotiated interview (BNI) compared to patients who received a referral only or who received a BNI and a facilitated referral.

To learn more about how to initiate medication-assisted treatment in the ED, click on [this link] to the Yale Department of Emergency Medicine's website.


GETTING WAIVERED: UPCOMING TRAININGS

The Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers free waiver trainings to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Physicians must take an 8-hour training course to apply to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which then grants a waiver to prescribe medication. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners must complete the 8-hour medication-assisted treatment waiver training plus an additional 16 hours of training.

All of these services are provided by PCSS at no cost. Click on [this link] to find free waiver trainings near you through PCSS.

 

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