Anna Morgan-Barsamian, MPH, RN, PMP, Senior Manager, Training & Education, NaRCAD
Tags: Opioid Safety, Harm Reduction
The NaRCAD team is back on the road! We had the privilege of attending the 2023 Rx and Illicit Drug Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, where we joined a diverse learning community of over 3,000 participants. We heard about best practices in prevention, treatment, and recovery for those affected by the opioid epidemic and engaged with experts from various fields who have developed innovative strategies to combat the crisis.
We attended presentations, poster sessions, and booths from a wide range of professionals, including clinicians, law enforcement personnel, public health officials, lawmakers, attorneys, families, and individuals in recovery. It’s clear that we need to continue to work together across disciplines to reduce opioid use disorder and opioid overdoses within our communities.
While we were in Atlanta, we saw folks from our AD community who are working on opioid-specific academic detailing projects, including our colleagues at Alosa Health! If we didn’t catch you while we were there, please reach out to us at email@example.com and tell us about your experience in Atlanta!
NaRCAD also had the opportunity to present with our colleagues from Comagine Health to share about our own collaborations and findings from a recent project, a 15-month clinic-based intervention called Improving Pain and Opioid Management in Primary Care (PINPOINT).
The PINPOINT intervention was implemented in 36 clinics in Oregon and combined the Six Building Blocks, academic detailing, and practice facilitation approaches to improve pain management, opioid prescribing practices, and treatment of opioid use disorder in primary care settings.
A baseline survey of clinical staff and prescribers was conducted to assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding opioids. The survey results suggested differences between clinical staff and prescribers in behaviors and attitudes about opioid therapy for treatment of chronic pain, familiarity with opioid prescribing best practices, and opioid-related policies and procedures. The participants who attended the conference session were eager to learn about how they could implement academic detailing programs in their own communities.
We’re excited to share about the importance of academic detailing at future conferences and continue to learn and grow alongside all of you.
Interested in submitting a proposal with the NaRCAD team at a future conference? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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