AMEF Sponsors Training Session on Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Practices

The AMEF recently partnered with MetroHealth Medical Center to sponsor a training session, “Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE) of Pain,” for local healthcare professionals. The free session was provided by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and reviewed best practices and clinical pearls of managing chronic pain. Continuing medical education credits were available.

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, course director of the program and Professor of Medicine at BUSM, discussed chronic pain, significant barriers to adequate pain care, and tailoring care to each patient’s experience. He stressed the significance of talking to patients about safe storage and disposal of medications and being more selective and conservative when prescribing medications.

Sybil Marsh, MD, MA, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, discussed how to safely initiate (or continue) opioid therapy, provide multidimensional care, and hold patients accountable for their treatment. She also talked about ways to monitor for opioid misuse.

A panel discussion featured Vince Caraffi, MPH, Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force; Hauns Charters, Group Supervisor, Drug Enforcement Administration, Cleveland District Office; and Cameron McNamee, BA, Director of Policy and Communications, State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The panelists fielded questions from the audience.

McNamee discussed the acute pain guidelines that were just released, which the AMCNO has shared with members in previous publications and can be obtained on our website, McNamee also provided the audience with two-sided cards that outline when the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) should be accessed—one side is specifically for prescribers and the other is for pharmacists. This reference card can be obtained online at

The panelists also discussed possible reasons why Ohio has a high rate of opioid deaths, how the community is working toward making treatments more affordable, and what well-meaning physicians can do to avoid issues with their prescribing practices.

To read the full article about the session, click here.

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