Moving Upstream of the Opioid Epidemic
A New Framework for Addressing Pain to Prevent Opioid Use Disorder
April 22, 2020
Commonly, a person’s initial exposure to prescription opioids follows an incidence of acute or chronic pain. When used as prescribed under a medical provider’s supervision, opioids can be an effective method of treating pain. However, opioids have also been historically inappropriately prescribed, a contributing factor to the opioid crisis that exists today. Consequently, prescribing restrictions and guidelines have become increasingly more stringent. Although this has decreased incidences of opioid exposure, it also has left persons with pain who have utilized opioids as a management modality, or would benefit from doing so, without access to appropriate care.
Often, barriers exist for persons with pain in accessing high-quality, timely, and cost-effective care to manage their condition. Pain diagnosis and management training has been lacking within healthcare, and health plan benefit design often incentivizes the utilization of opioids over equally effective and less risky alternatives. Unaddressed pain has significant physical, emotional, and societal costs. As healthcare purchasers, employers play an imperative role in optimizing the quality of healthcare and health services that their employees and their dependents are receiving to manage their pain.
Join the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) for this half day event to learn about pain – where we’ve come from, where we are, and how employers can drive where we need to go.
We invite all health and healthcare stakeholders to join us, including healthcare providers, health plans, employers, government, community organizations, and more. Lunch is provided. Registration is free.
Speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Please check back often!