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ODPHP Releases Evaluating the Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Online Training

From the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at HHS:

Millions of adverse drug events (ADEs) happen every year, and opioids are one of the most common causes of medication-related harm in both inpatient and long-term care settings. In addition, data from 2013 to 2014 found that opioids — along with two other drug classes — were involved in an estimated 59.9 percent of emergency department (ED) visits for ADEs among older adultsExternal Link: You are leaving The same data set found that ED visits for ADEs were a common cause of hospitalization.

That’s why opioids are one of the initial targets in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan), released by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in 2014. ODPHP also used recommendations from the ADE Action Plan to create the Pathways to Safer Opioid Use online interactive training.

The training is designed to help health professionals and students learn about safe use of opioids to manage chronic pain — and ultimately to reduce opioid-related ADEs in their communities. Users role play clinical scenarios as a pharmacist, a nurse, a primary care physician, and a patient. Live-action videos set the scene for users to choose different courses of action and watch them play out, learning core competencies of safe opioid prescribing practices in the process.

Learn more online.