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The County of San Diego (CoSD) Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is one of the recipients of the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant awarded by the CDC. This quarterly newsletter serves as a communication tool to highlight new and innovative ways to identify and collect data on drug misuse and overdose. Through innovative surveillance activities linked with evidence-based prevention, CoSD is motivated to reduce opioid misuse and opioid use disorder, increase treatment for opioid use disorder, reduce emergency department visits and deaths from opioid overdoses, and protect the health and safety of our community.
Online Continuing Education Course
Interested in learning more about substance use disorder (SUD) treatment & safe opioid prescribing? The San Diego County Department of Public Health has partnered with Champions for Health and The Doctor's Company to develop an Academic Detailing curriculum for health care professionals.
The curriculum is entitled Innovations and Smart Approaches in Safe Prescribing and is comprised of a series of on-demand courses, free of charge. Course content includes eliminating internal bias regarding opioid use disorder, providing alternatives to opioids, safe prescribing of opioids, and treatment of substance use disorder.
Target audience: Medical providers, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, and others may benefit from this multidisciplinary review. Participants can obtain CME credit upon completion. These training tools can be accessed through the following links:
Module 1: Eliminating Stigma through Clinical Understanding
Module 2: Alternatives to Opioids for Pain (0.5 CME)
Module 3: Safe Prescribing of Opioids and CNS Depressants
Module 4: Recognition, Diagnosis, and Treatment of SUD (0.5
Module 5: Eliminating Stigma through Clinical Understanding
for Pharmacists (0.75 CME)
- Module 6: Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) - coming soon!
Would you like an opportunity to engage in a personalized, virtual, one-on-one Q&A with a safe prescribing expert? Sessions are about 10 to 30 minutes, and completely customizable to fit your schedule. Topics on safe and practical alternatives to opioids, benzodiazepine stewardship, opioid and benzodiazepine tapering, buprenorphine training, and naloxone.
If you are interested in scheduling a session, please contact Katy Rogers at email@example.com .
CURES 2.0 is our state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). CURES 2.0 helps health care providers make informed prescribing and dispensing decisions. Please visit Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System | State of California - Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General to view the CURES 2.0 website and the new system features.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a free Opioid Guide mobile application. The mobile app has multiple features such as a morphine milligram equivalent calculator, a prescribing guideline to make informed clinical decisions, and an interactive motivational interviewing tool.
For more information on how to download, please visit the CDC Opioid Guideline Mobile App webpage.
Pain is a subjective experience, and only directly observed by those who are experiencing it. Treating pain and developing an appropriate treatment plan is often a challenge for health providers. Below are links for guidelines, helpful resources, and trainings about Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).
Opioid Prescribing Guidelines