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Pain management and opioid prescribing: Division-organized education sessions

Education and awareness are a key component in enabling physicians to provide the best possible care to patients who have pain management and opioid addiction issues. Recognizing this need, many divisions have been organizing CME and information sessions to update members (and other health care professionals) on topics like pain management and addiction services available in their communities, patient self-management strategies, and current opioid prescribing guidelines.

Sessions held around the province have included the following:

Chilliwack

Fentanyl, Addiction, and Homelessness. What can we do? (9th Annual Mini Medical School Series)
This session enabled attendees to talk to local doctors and health care professionals on important medical topics.

Fraser Northwest

Provincial Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder (seminar series)
An update on the provincial opioid epidemic and a discussion of provincial guidelines for the treatment of opioid addiction.  

Accessing resources for your child and youth mental health and substance use patients (discussion and brainstorming)
A review of local resources for child and youth mental health and substance use patients, and an opportunity to discuss and brainstorm about the gaps in access for the CYMHSU population.

Pearls of Pain and Addiction Management, Safe Opiate Use and OST (CME event)
An addiction psychiatrist and a medical health officer provided CME on pain and addiction management, safe opiate use, and OST.

Simplifying Access to Mental Health & Substance Use Services for your adult patients

A member engagement session to discuss Fraser Health Mental Health and Substance Use services.

North Shore

Provincial Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guidelines and Update on the Opioid Overdose Crisis (Dine and Learn)
A Dine and Learn session on Provincial Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guidelines and update on the opioid overdose crisis.

Surrey North Delta

Provincial Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder (seminar series)
An update on the provincial opioid epidemic and discussion of the provincial guidelines for the clinical management of opioid use disorder.

Victoria/South Island

Navigating Opioids, Addiction & Pain (MHSU Learning Series)
Components of this series include:

  • Presentation on the new Provincial Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guidelines
  • Q&A on the epidemiology of drugs and overdoses and the new Professional Guidelines and standards for the Safe Prescribing of Drugs with the Potential for Misuse/Diversion
  • Review of complex chronic pain cases
  • Review of community chronic pain and addiction resources

Victoria

An Integrative Medicine Approach to Pain Management (lunch and lecture)
Lecture for physicians and health care professionals.

Physicians can contact their local division for information on upcoming events in their community.

In addition to the sessions described above, a number of divisions have created local pain management and opioid prescribing resources. Click here to learn more.

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