Utah Attorney General, Sean D. Reyes States, Abuse-Deterrent Formulations (ADF) Is A Smart Way To Battle Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in communities across our country. Approximately 15 million adolescents and adults abused prescription drugs in the past year. Abuse is the leading cause of accidental death in the country, with 44 Americans dying each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers.
No state is immune. In my own state of Utah, abuse has gone up by nearly 400 percent in recent years, with 24 people dying each month because of prescription drug overdoses. Utah now ranks fourth among states for drug poisoning deaths, and deaths have outpaced fatalities from other factors, such as motor vehicle crashes.<read more>…
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
As part of the 40 hours of CME that you must complete every two (2) years in order to renew your SC license, you must now receive and certify completion of two (2) Category 1 CME hours in approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances before your license will be renewed.
These two (2) required hours may be counted toward the required 30 hours you must receive in your specialty. The total hours required for CME compliance is still 40 hours.
The “PSOC SAFE Opioid Prescribing Course” is 3.5 hours CME and provides the FDA approved course acceptable as the (2) Category 1 hours.
Policy For The Use Of Opiates For The Treatment Of Pain
Since the 2004 publication of the North Carolina Medical Board’s Policy for the Use of Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain, a considerable body of research and experience has made it evident that the Board’s 2004 Policy required revision. The updated policy presented here takes into consideration recent evidence that risk associated with opiates has surged, while evidence for benefits has remained controversial and insufficient. Over the last decade opioid sales have increased in parallel with an increase in the morbidity and mortality associated with these drugs. At the same time approximately one in four patients seen in primary care settings suffers from pain that interferes with the activities of daily living (1). <read more…>
Joint Revised Pain Management Guidelines Approved By The South Carolina Boards Of Medical Examiners, Dentistry And Nursing | November 2014
The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners (Medical Board) published Pain Management Guidelines (Guidelines) to assist physicians in safely prescribing controlled substances in July of 2009. Increasing opioid misuse and abuse, recent research and clinical studies now require the revision of those Guidelines to provide adequate information to ensure safe and appropriate treatment of pain. Additionally, the Medical Board recognizes that physicians, dentists, physician assistants, and advance practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority should all adhere to uniform prescriptive guidelines. Accordingly, the South Carolina Board of Dentistry (Dental Board) and South Carolina Board of Nursing (Nursing Board) have joined the Medical Board in approving these Joint Revised Pain Management Guidelines (Revised Guidelines). <read more…>
Your Society is working to advocate for excellence in Patient Care. President Thomas Buchheit, MD has appointed the following Directors and Members to the Advocacy Committee:
Open to individuals with a doctorate degree who reside in North or South Carolina; i.e. MD’s, DO’s, DC’s, PhD’s, PharmD’s.
Open to individuals with a doctorate degree who reside outside North or South Carolina; i.e. MD’s, DO’s, DC’s, PhD’s, PharmD’s.
Open to pain management practitioners and member-sponsored associates who reside in North and/or South Carolina, i.e. nurses, physician assistants, counselors, complimentary medicine specialists and other allied health personnel.
Open to Residents, Technologists-in-training, Nurses-in-training and other Para-professionals in-training. You must attach a letter from your Program Director endorsing your membership and listing the start and finish date of your training program.
To advance the art and science of pain medicine by promoting and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice through education and research; by aiding and encouraging the education of medical students, residents, fellows, practicing physicians, and other health care providers in pain management and by obtaining and publishing scientific information in pain medicine and management.
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