Seattle- King County’s Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Brad Finegood, Seattle King County Public Health
King County, like many places across the country, has seen significant increases in the use and abuse of heroin and prescription opiates over the past decade. The rate of addiction is high and availability of treatment and services has struggled to keep pace with the need. Our speaker is going share “Seattle-King County’s Community Response the Opioid Epidemic” We will learn how the epidemic has changed over time and how we are confronting the region’s growing heroin and opioid epidemic.
DEA Regulations and Diversion Drug Trends
Ricardo Quintero, Drug Enforcement Agency Representative
In this session, Mr. Quintero will describe the scope of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States and discuss ways that prescription-controlled substances are being diverted from the pharmaceutical supply chain. He’ll identify areas where U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, local law enforcement, and medical professionals can work together to curb prescription drug abuse. An overview of DEA regulations for veterinarians will also be covered.
Overview of WA’s Prescription Monitoring Program
Gary Garrety, WA State Dept of Health Prescription Monitoring Program
Requirements for veterinarians in reporting dispensed controlled drugs to the Prescription Monitoring System (PMP) will be covered as well as how the PMP is used to curb the opioid crisis.
WSVMA Board of Directors Informational Session
Updates on Potential Opioid Legislation and Regulations
Lisa Parshley, DVM
Hear about Opioid Legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session, and possible new opioid regs from Pharmacy Commission.
Why Are We Opioid-Depending for Patient Analgesia? Why Other Options Might Be Better
Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVA
Pain is a multidimensional and complex sensation with many sources, only some of which are adequately controlled by opioids. Other analgesic drugs, especially anti-inflammatory drugs and local anesthetics, are often more specific, thus more efficacious. The discussion will focus on scientific evidence and standard plus novel uses for analgesic drugs with the goal of reducing opioid dependence, but not eliminating opioids.
Chronic Pain: What Are the Recommendations?
Lisa Parshley, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Lisa Parshley, DVM
The program will conclude with a round table where these topics can be discussed with the audience and specific questions can be posed to the panel of experts.
WSVMA Board of Directors Meeting
Stay after the program and listen to the Board of Directors make decisions on the business of the Association.