OPG MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES JULY 16, 2014 Introductions and Welcome Updates: Name Change: We will still keep the initials OPG but since the group has now expanded to more than just prescribers (Opioid Prescribers Group) it could now be called the Oregon Pain Guidance. A few other ideas were mentioned including adding group to the end. There will be more discussion at our next steering committee meeting. No one objected to a name change. Back 2 Balance Clinic: This behavioral health support clinic is in the works as a resource and there will be more information to come. Peer to Peer: Chronic Pain Support Group is held every Wed. at the Rogue Valley YMCA in Medford from 3:30 – 5:00. They are interested in having others speak. If interested please contact Michelle Marikos at [email protected] Department of Justice grant: Tonight will be the first joint meeting between the OPG and our local community justice partners. Monty Hollaway from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office presented information from 2013 on drug offenses and prescription drug overdose. He agreed there are lots of moving pieces and we need to work together. Judge Patricia Crane gave a short presentation on family drug court and then had two participants tell their stories of how they began to experience pain, abuse prescription drugs and now attend family drug court. Kevin Walruff with Medford Police Department (MADGE – Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement) gave a presentation on the numbers that they are seeing of possession of controlled substances. He also let us know that Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are the two highest prescription drugs they see on the streets. Shane Hagey from Probation and Parole presented and explained how the parole officers spend lots of time with those in probation and have access to home visits. Other points of discussion: having pharmacists attend OPG meetings, outreach to pediatricians who prescribe to youth (who could possibly have a sports injury) and that veterinarians are prescribing high doses of opioids for animals who have come out of surgery. Something we can work on together – Jim sent out this email to the OPG: Colleagues; We had a very successful OPG meeting last night. For those not present, we had over 50 participants, our usual folks plus representatives from local community justice: Sheriff, MPD, District Attorney, Drug Court, Parole and Probation. One of the discussion items was how to notify providers when a drug they prescribed ended being involved in a crime (abuse, sales, diversion, for example). The police and others are willing to try and provide you with that feedback, but want to be sure that you want that information. We agreed to reach out to the medical community and compile a list of prescribers who want to be notified by law enforcement when their controlled substances are involved in criminal activity. Here is what we need: Your name A reliable contact phone number Some assurance that the person receiving the call will accept the information and transmit it to you We need to write something up, run it by our legal counsel, and then see how it works. Please provide Michele [email protected] the preceding information and let’s get started.
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