Understanding the Opioid Crisis Part 2

Understanding the Opioid Crisis- Part 2

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Lesson 1: What factors contributed to the Opioid Crisis?

Goal- For you to understand the basics about key factors that lead to the current opioid crisis.


Key Questions Included

  1. How has physician prescribing behavior contributed to the crisis?
  2. What is drug diversion?
  3. What is a pill mill?
  4. How have Central and South American Drug Cartels contributed to the crisis?
  5. How have the Medicaid and Medicare programs contributed to the crisis?
Lesson 2: Interactive Timeline of the Crisis

This lesson shows major milestones in the opioid crisis, dating back to the late 1800s.

Example from timeline:

Lesson 3: What clinical approaches are used to address the crisis?

Goal- For you to become familiar with the clinical approaches and initiatives and programs being used to address opioid addiction and the opioid crisis.


Key Questions Included

  1. What efforts are being made to change physician prescribing behavior?
  2. What efforts are being made to increase the effectiveness of addiction and recovery treatments?
Lesson 4: What increased funding at the state and federal level is available to address the crisis?

Goal- For you to become familiar with the increased funding being made available by CMS and state officials, as well as to become familiar with role of Governors and other officials in confronting the crisis.


Key Questions Included

  1. What new funding has been allocated to deal with the opioid crisis?
  2. What role have political leaders played in dealing with the crisis?
Lesson 5: What policy changes around reducing supply of opioids and increasing access to rescue medications have been made?

Goal- For you to become familiar with trends in policy changes in state Medicaid programs to address the opioid crisis.


Key Questions Included

  1. What policy changes are being made related to reducing supply?
  2. What are harm reduction approaches?
  3. What policy changes are being made to make treatment and rescue medications more available?