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Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
AMWA Opioid Addiction in Women Task Force
The mission of the Opioid Addiction in Women Task Force is to reduce the number of women addicted to opioids, and to improve the care of women with opioid addiction, by
- Education of health care providers and the public about the unique aspects of opioid addiction in women, the barriers to treatment for women, and sex differences in pain and opioid response leading to addiction
- Contributing to or commenting on opioid prescribing and pain management guidelines, and evidence based standards, from a sex and gender perspective
- Providing testimony to policymakers about risks and impact of opioid addiction among women
- Dissemination of information on the specific needs of women in prevention and treatment of opioid addiction, and recovery services
- Identifying knowledge gaps related to sex differences in pain and opioid addiction that would benefit from research, data and specific metrics
- Educational Programs and Resources of the AMWA Task Force
- AMWA Comments on Draft Guidelines
- AMWA Op-Eds
- Materials from Surgeon General’s Office
- AMWA Commitment to the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic
U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams’ TEDMED talk reveals how his lived experiences have shaped his views as a health professional and his understanding of the government’s role in health issues.
Middle-aged women remain vulnerable to death by drug overdose, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released Jan. 11. Read the report for the latest data detailing the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths – United States, 2013-2017.
The CDC released the final modules in the Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids interactive online training series for healthcare providers. The latest modules are Opioid Use and Pregnancy, Motivational Interviewing, and Collaborative Patient-Provider Relationship in Opioid
Clinical Decision Making.
January 23, February 20, and March 13, 2019. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST. Register here.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is promoting this three-part webinar series focused on pain medication education and resources. Each hour-long webinar focuses on a specific question regarding pain medication for those living with spinal cord injuries or another form of physical disability. Webinar recordings will be archived on the Reeve Foundation’s YouTube channel for later viewing.
February 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST, Register here.
Treatment providers can significantly improve patient engagement and treatment quality by tracking patient outcomes. This webinar presentation describes three evidence-based approaches to using patient outcome data to improve treatment effectiveness: (1) provider profiling, (2) patient tracking of emotions and symptoms through mobile applications, and (3) measure-based care instruments administered during clinical encounters.
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