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Month: January 2018

Opioid Training scheduled for Onslow County

Learn from and ask questions of experts on NC’s STOP Act, new Medicaid prescribing limits, the Controlled Substance Reportng System and how to incorporate its utilization into clinic workflow, and best prescribing practices. This education session is specifically for physicians, pharmacists, and mental health professionals. Featured Speakers: Robert “Chuck” Rich, Jr., MD, Medical Director of Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear Jay Campbell, B.S. Pharmacy, JD, Executive Director of the NC Board of Pharmacy With an introduction by Dr. Scott Johnston, MD, Chief of Staff, Onslow Memorial Hospital Download Flyer for Responding to the Opioid Epidemic (Onslow) Full...

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Registration Now Open for the 2018 Addiction Medicine Conference

Make 2018 a year for learning! Secure your space today to attend the 9th Annual Addiction Medicine Conference being held April 26-28th. The 2018 Conference will provide clinically practical and up-to-date substance use related training, applicable across general medical as well as addiction specialty practices. You can check out the latest topic updates, register, and make hotel reservations on our website! Visit for more...

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SAMHSA Finalizes Rule on 42 CFR Part 2

SAMHSA issued a final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation, 42 CFR Part 2, in order to give providers more leeway to disclose SUD records while retaining privacy protections. According to Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, the nation’s first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, “This final rule underscores our commitment to ensuring persons with substance use disorders receive integrated and coordinated care……and will permit healthcare providers, with patients’ consent, to more easily conduct such activities as quality improvement, claims management, patient safety, training, and program integrity efforts.” Dr. McCance-Katz added...

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Opioid Prescription Limits Take Effect

As part of North Carolina’s battle against opioid misuse, limits on how doctors prescribe painkillers took effect January 1, 2018. Beginning January 1, doctors and other prescribers can prescribe up to five days’ worth of opioids for acute pain, such as after a car crash or a muscle injury or broken bone, and up to seven days for post-operative pain. After that, physicians can refill the prescription at their discretion. Watch WRAL News Summary of the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act  *PRINTABLE* Notice to Patients on the New Limits from the NC Medical Board...

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