ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona physicians taking new course on opioid prescription guidelines

Jun 24, 2019, 4:05 AM | Updated: 9:40 am
(Public Domain Photo)...
(Public Domain Photo)
(Public Domain Photo)

PHOENIX — Before a traffic law changes, there are generally weeks and months of information and education distributed to drivers before changes go into effect.

But what about other laws?

That was Peter Wertheim’s concern as opioid laws began to change following Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2017 opioid epidemic emergency declaration.

Wertheim is the executive director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and has spent the past several years working as a lobbyist in opioid prescription reform legislation.

“We needed something to explain what the laws are and what they’re not,” he said. “And also give them the tools to be more effective in their prescribing of opioids and even better if they can be a partner in the recovery efforts.”

As the laws began to change, he saw the rapid need for continued education. That’s when the Arizona Department of Health Services awarded him the State Targeted Response Grant to create the Arizona Opioid Prescriber Education platform.

“There is training on the opioid prescribing guidelines,” Wertheim said. “So we give them the tools to not just ‘What are the laws?’ but what are the best ways to prescribe opioids.”

The 1 1/2-hour online program counts toward annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for health care professionals in the state. The course is accredited for all types of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists.

“They’re self-paced courses; we have multiple speakers,” Wertheim said. “It’s interactive. There’s a quiz before and after the program to make sure we’re reinforcing the important takeaways.”

The platform was designed in conjunction with Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions.

“I think this is going to go a long way to, kind of, bridging the information gaps that we’ve seen,” Wertheim said. “Providers need to know that it’s OK to prescribe opioids but here are some guidelines for how to do it in the most effective way so we don’t have patients that are becoming addicted and so they’re complying with the law.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

An election worker removes tabulated ballots to be boxed inside the Maricopa County Recorders Offic...
Associated Press

GOP-controlled Cochise County refuses to certify 2022 election

Officials in a rural Arizona county refused Monday to certify the 2022 election ahead of the deadline amid pressure from prominent Republicans to reject a vote count
12 hours ago
(Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Screenshot)...
KTAR.com

Watch: Maricopa County meets to canvass 2022 general election

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is meeting to canvass the 2022 general election. The livestreamed meeting includes public comments.
12 hours ago
Drummer Lars Ulrich (L) and frontman James Hetfield of Metallica perform at Allegiant Stadium on Fe...
Kevin Stone

Metallica to invade State Farm Stadium with pair of ‘No Repeat’ shows in 2023

Nothing else will matter for metro Phoenix metalheads next year when Metallica brings a double shot of headbanging to State Farm Stadium.
12 hours ago
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)...
KTAR.com

Man found shot, dead inside car parked on Phoenix street

A man with a gunshot wound was found dead inside a vehicle Sunday in Phoenix and police said they're investigating the case as a homicide.
12 hours ago
(Facebook photo / Phoenix Police Department)...
SuElen Rivera

Interim Phoenix police chief unveils 4-part plan to improve department

Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan announced last week a four-pronged plan to reduce and prevent crime in the city.
12 hours ago
Follow @KTAR923...
KTAR.com

Ice skating returns to downtown Phoenix at CityScape

Skaters can waltz around the downtown Phoenix rink as CitySkate returns just in time for the holidays this week.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Arizona physicians taking new course on opioid prescription guidelines