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Opioid Task Force meets to plan
next steps

Legislation, education and public awareness are the three key areas on which the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Opioid Task Force has agreed to focus its efforts. The group, comprised of 14 Society members, met Wednesday in Madison to review existing Society policy; hear an update on proposed Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) legislation; prioritize educational programs for physicians and their health care teams; and approve the composition of subgroups to work on the three key issues.

In the next few weeks, the Education subgroup will perform a needs assessment to determine what types of educational programming related to this critical public health issue will best meet the needs of Society members. In addition, Society staff will continue to monitor efforts of both the Medical Examining Board and the Controlled Substances Board, especially as they relate to use of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

The task force also discussed ideas to increase awareness, including building on Attorney General Brad Schimel’s “Dose of Reality” campaign, and this Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, being coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. (More information about these efforts is in the Oct. 8 and Sept. 17 issues of Medigram.)

Each of the three subgroups will meet separately on their targeted areas and will report back to the full task force at its next meeting in December.

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