3008 – Opioids are Out, Alternative Treatments are In!
We’ve all heard about the opioid epidemic sweeping across the U.S. According to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board, Americans consume more opioids than any other country in the world. Case managers play a large role in the opioid crisis – specifically with pain management. Case managers can address the opioid crisis with interventions – like education for patients and providing access to alternative services for those affected. In this presentation, we will address the opioid epidemic by discussing what pain management is, how to get feedback from a patient relating to pain and discuss how to promote safe and focused alternatives to opioids.
1) Identify commonly prescribed opioids effortlessly covered by insurance versus those that carry a lower risk of side effects and dependence
2) Understand alternative treatments for pain management, how they are prescribed, and the guidelines for use
3) Learn the long-term, costly consequences of opioid use and its effects on the body and dispell the myths associated with alternative treatments