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More free opioid resources from DCMS

Thursday, July 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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By Bryan Campbell, DCMS Chief Executive Officer


Now that HB21, the new Opioid Prescribing Bill, has been in effect for more than a week, your practice should be up to speed with all of the new information required in the law. Several physicians have asked if there are resources available beyond the state-mandated CME which can increase the effectiveness of safe opioid prescribing in their practice.

Today, thanks to a partnership with Drug Free Duval, the Duval County Medical Society is able to provide two new resources which may prove invaluable to you.

1.       Pathways Interactive Training  – This is a virtual practice simulator developed by the National Institutes of Health. It allows anyone in your office the opportunity to see a case with a patient from multiple perspectives and interact with various potential outcomes to understand the impact of decision points in adhering to safe prescribing guidelines. Many practices are already using this tool as staff training around the new law. 

2.       Harvard Opioid Education – This is a resource available for free to all Duval County Medical Society members that can provide up to 24 free CME on the area of opioids and opioid prescribing. This does NOT meet the criteria for the state-mandated opioid CME course, but it’s a significant source of either simply free CME, or more importantly, practice specific education for physicians who deal with a large number of opioid prescriptions. The Harvard class comes in three separate CME courses of 8 CME each:

a.       Understanding Addiction: Fundamentals about the nature of addiction for practitioners seeking to learn more about opioid use disorder (8 CME Credits)

b.       Identification, Counseling and Treatment of OUD: Current best practices for the identification and management of opioid use disorder (8 CME Credits)

c.       Collaborative Care Approaches for the Management of OUD: Collaborative strategies for ongoing management of opioid use disorder (8 CME Credits)

And if you are looking for some of the tools we’ve already shared about getting your office adjusted to the new law, be sure to check out:

·         The DCMS Quick Guide to the Opioid Bill

·         The FMA Opioid Bill Fact Sheet

·         “Is Your Practice Breaking the Law?” Checklist


As always, if you have questions, feel free to reach out to me at or by calling our Advocacy Hotline at 904-353-7536.