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National Opioid Summit Preview

By Michael Von Korff, ScD, senior investigator, Group Health Research Institute

Those planning to attend Group Health Cooperative’s upcoming National Summit on Opioid Safety don’t need to be convinced that prescription opioid overuse and addiction is a crisis in our country. They see the evidence in their own patient populations and communities, as chronic opioid therapy (COT) for non-cancer pain has increased dramatically over the past two decades.

The Summit promises to provide new perspectives on why positive change is not only necessary—it’s already happening in places like Group Health Cooperative, the Veterans Administration Healthcare System, and elsewhere.

Planned for October 31 and November 1, the Summit will gather the nation’s leading COT experts to discuss successful initiatives and critical next steps. Attendees will include people responsible for quality improvement and policy changes locally and nationally. Interactive sessions will consider challenges we face when trying to improve practice, strategies for overcoming these challenges, and principles for achieving more selective and cautious use of opioids for chronic pain.

The Summit is co-sponsored by Project ROAM of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine  and Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), with support from the Group Health Foundation.

Whether or not you attend the Summit, I invite you to view the following slides and videos, as well as the materials Group Health is using to implement its COT risk-mitigation initiative. I also invite you to share this material widely so that patients, clinicians, and health systems can work together to provide effective and safe care to patients with chronic pain.


Presented by Michael Von Korff ScD, senior investigator for Group Health Research Institute


Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing videos to review prior to the conference:

Myths and Facts—Risk of Addiction, Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (5:26)


High Dose Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (5:11)


Myths and Facts—Discontinuing Opioid Therapy (3:25)


 Myths and Facts—Effectiveness of Opioids for Chronic Pain (6:13)


Prior to the conference please review:

*Access to this online course is provided for demonstration purposes, not for clinician education. Persons accessing the course will need to register by providing their name, email address, discipline and specialty.

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One Response to “National Opioid Summit Preview”

  1. Lee S. Glass, MD says:

    Excellent materials. Thank you.