Aug 27, 2015 11:10 AM

Medical training session planned in Bedford to address over-prescribing of opioids

CONCORD – New Hampshire doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers will get special training to help prevent the over-prescribing of opioid pain medication that can lead to addiction.

“This will be the first of many regional training programs that will be made available to every prescriber in the state over the next year,” said Jack Wozmak, the state's drug czar under Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The first conference is planning for Nov. 14 in Bedford, with the training is being paid for in part by an independent educational grant from the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.

Catholic Medical Center is partnering in the effort and the training program is one provided through the Boston University School of Medicine.

"...(W)e have trained over 25,000 clinicians in safe opioid prescribing via our on-line programming and 32 statewide live trainings in 16 states and 75 community-based meetings,” said Ilana Hardesty from Boston University. “We are very pleased that the Governor’s Office and Catholic Medical Center have partnered with us and New England HIDTA to make this regional program available in New Hampshire."

According to the governor's office, the program covers issues including determining the appropriateness of opioid analgesics; assessing opioid misuse risk; counseling patients on opioid safety, risks and benefits; monitoring patients for benefit and harm; deciding on continuing, modifying or discontinuing opioid analgesics; and discontinuing opioids when there is too little benefit or too much risk.

The sessions also include video tapes illustrating complex patient-provider communications.


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