Joint Task Force for the Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in New Hampshire
Enjoy these mocktails this summer!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
4-5 slices of cucumber
1 oz honey syrup
1.5 fresh lime juice
1.5 oz ginger beer
Rosemary Blueberry Smash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
1 Rosemary sprig, stripped
1 oz honey syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice, strained
4 oz sparkling mineral water
Strawberry Chamomile Martini
1 oz Elderflower Cordial
½ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Ginger Base
4 oz Chamomile
5 mint leaves
Orange & lemon wedge
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Obama Administration Actions to Address Opioid and Heroin Epidemic
The President has called for $1.1 billion in new funding to help Americans who want treatment get it wherever they live. These maps show how much new funding
for treatment each State could potentially qualify for if Congress passes what the President has requested.Every day that passes without Congressional action to provide these additional resources is a missed opportunity to get treatment to those who want it,
Expanding Access to Treatment:Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is issuing a final rule to increase from 100 to 275 the number of patients that qualified physicians who prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorders can treat. Providers, policymakers, advocates, and experts have pointed to the current 100 patient limit for buprenorphine prescribing as a barrier to opioid use disorder treatment. The rule aims to increase access to medication-assisted treatment and associated behavioral health supports for tens of thousands of people with opioid use disorders, while preventing diversion.Improving Prescription Drug Monitoring by Federal Prescribers:
- Indian Health Service: While many Indian Health Service (IHS) clinicians already utilize Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), IHS will now require its opioid prescribers and pharmacists to check their State PDMP databases prior to prescribing or dispensing any opioid for more than 7 days. The new policy is effective immediately for more than 1,200 IHS clinicians working in IHS federally operated facilities who are authorized to prescribe opioids. Checking a PDMP before prescribing helps to identify patients who may have an opioid use disorder and prevent diversion of drugs.
- Department of Veterans Affairs: VA is releasing a new policy for its health care providers who prescribe controlled substances that requires them (or where allowed their delegate) in most cases to check State PDMPs prior to deciding to prescribe a new controlled substance to determine if a patient is receiving opioids or other controlled substances from another provider and document that in the electronic patient record. These checks will occur at a minimum once a year and/or when clinically indicated for each renewal or continuation of therapy. VA provides health care services to approximately 8.3 million veterans at 150 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries.
- Department of Defense: By the end of November 2016, DOD will have conducted an evaluation of its prescription drug monitoring program to assess its ability to capture community providers and use of cash transitions; identify any gaps in comprehensive use of prescription drug monitoring strategies; and make recommendations for closing those gaps.
Advancing Prescriber Education:
HHS is releasing a Request for Information that seeks provider, consumer and other public comments on current HHS prescriber education and training programs and proposals for potential future activities through programs such as Medicare.
Encouraging Safe Pain Management Approaches:
Health care providers have expressed concern that scores on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey pain management questions are tied to Medicare payments to hospitals. To prevent any potential confusion on the part of providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to remove the HCAHPS survey pain management questions from the hospital scoring calculation. meaining hospitals would continue to survey about their in-patient pain management experience, but questions would not affect the level of payment hospitals receive.
Accelerating Research on Pain and Opioid Misuse and Overdose:
HHS will release a report and inventory on the opioid abuse and pain treatment research being conducted or funded by its agencies in order to provide policy-makers, researchers, and other stakeholders with the full scope of HHS activities in this area.
Expanding Telemedicine in Rural America:
Last week, the Department of Agriculture announced nearly $1.4 million for five Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant awards to Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to help rural areas address the opioid epidemic. USDA plans to announce funding for additional DLT projects this summer. In addition to DLT investments, USDA Rural Development has funded rural hospitals and health care clinics from its Community Facilities and Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Programs. These projects provide communities with much-needed services to help address health care, including overdose and opioid use disorder.
Safely Disposing of Unneeded Prescription Opioids:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced it will hold its 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22, providing a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of unneeded prescription drugs. More than 6.4 million pounds of medication have been collected over the last 11 Take Back Days. Local communities and some pharmacies are also establishing ongoing drug take-back programs.
Improving Housing Support for Americans in Recovery:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and HHS, is identifying best practices to support individuals using medication-assisted treatment in programs funded through HUD’s Homelessness Assistance Grants to promote replication of best practices throughout the country. HUD also will work with its Continuums of Care partners to help individuals with prescription opioid or heroin use disorders and use housing to support recovery.
NH MEDICAL EXAMINER:
NEW CRISIS LINES OPEN:
NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line
Also the Substance Use Disorder Coordinated Access Point Program is a program of Southwestern Community Services and provides a single point of contact for individuals wanting treatment, by providing a level of care assessment and assistance securing services.
And the Cheshire County Addiction Assistance Recovery Initiative is a hotline monitored 24/7 to deploy Recovery Coaches to Cheshire Medical Center Emergency Room to meet with individuals and discuss treatment and recovery options and to provide understanding and hope.
PREVENTION EDUCATION CURRICULUM: PROJECT SUCCESS
Project SUCCESS – designed to prevent and reduce substance use among students 12 to 18 years of age at risk for substance use and abuse due to poor academic performance, truancy, discipline problems, negative attitudes toward school, and parental substance abuse.
NEW FUTURES: FREE ADVOCACY TRAINING
July 29, 2016 830am – 200pm
10 Ferry Road, Concord, NH
As a reminder, New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has 16 webinars available for you to obtain Contact Hours for your licensure. Again, free for viewing to anyone! Members receive free certificate, non members is $15.00. The two webinars above are the only two, so far, approved for NBCC Contact Hours. But stay tuned, they’re preparing more.
MISSION: Influence public awareness, policy, and funding to support alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, treatment, and recovery especially as it pertains to youth, in Cheshire County, NH.
GOALS: Reduce substance use among youth and adults, and strengthen collaborative partnerships within communities.
We offer prevention activities and education to reduce youth and young adult alcohol and substance use; advocate for policy change and increased funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery; and offer prevention trainings, internships, and substance-free events all year.