Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a multifaceted disease, and the rural community of Little Falls, Minnesota, has taken a comprehensive, system-wide approach to address all aspects of the epidemic, along with sharing and mentoring other communities. Presenters will describe how they addressed opioid over-prescribing and lack of OUD treatment. They also will explain how they now facilitate implementation of their programs in other rural communities through funding by the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Human Services. Using Project ECHO (videoconferencing platform), communities are mentored using didactic teaching and case-based reviews weekly, eliminating geographic barriers. Presenters will review the data from both programs, documenting their success in decreasing opioids prescribed while increasing the number of waivered prescribers.
Next, presenters will explain their unprecedented step, using ECHO, to increase opioid education among rurally placed third-year medical students in an attempt to educate on the risks of opioids and also influence their decision to consider addiction fellowships beyond residency. They also partnered with their local county jail to expand their medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to the jail, decreasing recidivism by having buprenorphine access upon time of incarceration for withdrawing and willing inmates. Upon release, they use probation conditions to require patients to follow-up with a comprehensive program.
Lastly, presenters will discuss how they are creating a welcoming, stigma-free environment where mothers with OUD can receive unbiased, comprehensive care and can safely deliver their babies. Using a team approach including a pediatrician, family physicians, MAT providers, and pharmacists, newborns can safely be treated in their hospital.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.