KNOCK OUT OPIATE DAY

The NJAFP is providing you with advanced notice that your practice may be visited by volunteers for the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey on Thursday, October 6th from 10am to 3pm.  This is NOT an NJAFP sponsored or endorsed event, but due to the potential disruption to patient care, we believe it is important that our members are aware and we offer you the information below as an opportunity to prepare for the visits.

What is it?

October 6, 2016 has been designated as Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day in New Jersey by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.  As part of a statewide single-day initiative the Partnership is mobilizing an estimated 2,000 volunteers to visit both physician and dental practices and neighborhoods going door to door to discuss opiate addiction.

Knock Out Opiate Day is being marketed to volunteers as an opportunity to educate physicians and dentists and raise awareness among New Jersey citizens and families about the responsible prescribing and the CDC Guidelines issued in March 2016.

How to Prepare?

While practices will determine how to manage these visits individually, you may want to consider printing out the attached flyer and displaying it at your entrance.  This may prevent you from receiving multiple visits throughout the day. You may also wish to have a member of your staff prepared with the information below in an effort to minimize the disruption to your patient-care hours.

Information for the day

In March 2016 the CDC released the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain for primary care clinicians treating adult patients for chronic pain in outpatient settings. The Guideline is not intended for patients who are in active cancer treatment, palliative care, or end-of-life care. The Guideline provides recommendations to primary care clinicians about the appropriate prescribing of opioids to improve pain management and patient safety.   We have also included a copy of the flyer for the event.

Knock Out Opiate Day Flyer  - http://njafp.org/content/knock-out-opiate-abuse-sign

CDC Guidelines – http://njafp.org/content/cdc-opiate-guidelines-glance