Poisoning is now the leading cause of death from injuries in the U.S., and nearly nine out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by misuse or abuse of prescription drugs like opioid analgesic pain relievers. People outside, as well as inside, the health care profession are pointing fingers at physicians as the cause of the “pill mill epidemic.”
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has captured the attention of the Indiana Attorney General, the Indiana General Assembly and the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana. The ISMA has learned that legislation to be introduced during the 2013 session will attempt to regulate the practice of medicine and how controlled substances can be prescribed in Indiana.
Action taken by other states, most recently by Kentucky in its HB 1, has significantly impacted prescribing practices, especially in the area of pain management. Ask yourself if you want that to happen in Indiana – and if you can help the ISMA take action to prevent it.
Here’s how to help
In a proactive move, the ISMA has scheduled a nationally recognized speaker to help educate physicians in Indiana. Stop now and put “Responsible Pain Management Prescribing” on your calendar for Friday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. EST until noon.
You can attend this webinar at one of six locations around the state. Attend the LIVE session in Indianapolis or go to viewing sites in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Jeffersonville and Munster.
|Drug distribution in pharmaceutical supply chain, equivalent of morphine per person:
Increase > 600%.
- 1997 - 96 mg.
- 2007 - 700 mg.
At the session, you’ll hear from physician and educator Scott M. Fishman, M.D., who really did write the book on responsible pain management. In fact, as a participant you’ll receive a copy of his latest product, “Responsible Opioid Prescribing™: A Clinician’s Guide, Second Edition.”
You’ll leave the session with confidence that you can properly assess patients, integrate best practices and effectively use the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collecting & Tracking (INSPECT) program. You’ll earn continuing medical education credit – and you’ll help demonstrate to Indiana officials and lawmakers that you, too, are concerned about the “pill mill epidemic.”
Learn more and register on the ISMA website.