Efforts to Address the Opioid Epidemic Across New England
Wednesday, March 14, 11:30–12:30
The opioid epidemic has affected communities of all sizes, income levels and across all regions. Among the 2.5 million Americans reportedly addicted to prescription opioids, a disproportionate number live in rural areas. The rural upsurge of opioid use disorder and overdose deaths arises from multiple factors: geography, socioeconomics and access to health care. Providers across the country are exploring their role in fighting this epidemic via prevention, pain management and their efforts to treat for opioid use disorder.
On behalf of the QIN-QIO and the RoundTable, we invite you to join over 350 rural health professionals to learn about three local/regional efforts, including a Maine office-based Medication Assisted Treatment program and the Opioid ECHO Program hub based at Boston Medical Center.
Upon completion of this session, you will be able to:
- Explore the impact that the opioid epidemic is having across New England
- Describe a 3-pronged approach that providers can take to address the opioid epidemic in their own communities
- Identify available tools and resources that can support Medication Assisted Treatment