2013 Vision Sessions

Download a 29-page Preview Guide (pdf) to the 2013 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 / 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Vision Sessions provide an in-depth examination of innovative programs and strategies designed to educate, mitigate and resolve issues related to prescription drug abuse across the country. Participants will have an opportunity to engage leaders from organizations focused on prevention, intervention, policy development, health care, law enforcement, economic development and coalition-building in an open discussion on these specific topic areas. These sessions will outline new strategies stakeholders may implement to combat prescription drug abuse on multiple fronts.
Appalachian Regional Commission  |  CompPharma  |  Military  |  ONDCP
Partnership at Drugfree.org  |  Pill Guard  |  SAMHSA

Welcome to the Appalachian Delegation

Warm up for the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit by sharing conversation and a cup of coffee with fellow attendees from the 13 Appalachian states. Earl F. Gohl, Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be available to hear your concerns about issues in the ARC region.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development agency representing federal, state, and local government. ARC’s mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in a 205,000-square mile area spanning 420 counties in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Return to the top

Workers’ Compensation and Opioids: Taming a perfect storm

Even though opioids are not recommended for long-term chronic pain, 24 percent of the work comp pharmacy dollar is spent on opioids. What’s being done about it?

Clinicians and public affairs pros from four of the nation’s leading workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit managers share industry and government initiatives to curtail opioid use. Discussion points: identifying at-risk injured employees, monitoring refill rates, quantity/dose restrictions, educating claimants and physicians, and working with prescribers to wean injured employees off opioids. Panelists also highlight significant state initiatives, Prescription Drug Management Programs and the FDA’s Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategies.

Presenters are: Moderator Kevin Tribout, Executive Director of Government Affairs for PMSI; Harry Monroe, Director of Compliance for Healthesystems; Robyn Satterfield, Pharm.D., Director of Clinical Services for Modern Medical; and Phil Walls, R.Ph., Chief Clinical and Compliance Officer for MyMatrixx.
Return to the top

Transformation of Pain Management

The Department of Defense (DoD) and Veteran’s Administration (VA) share an interest in addressing the overuse, misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescription medications by Service members and Veterans. The DoD/VA Pain Management Task Force Report (2010) provided the rationale and recommendations to transform current pain management practice towards a more patient centered and holistic approach.

Two initiatives that exemplify the DoD/VA transformation of pain management include: PASTOR/PROMIS and Project ECHO. First, a patient reported outcomes initiative that will allow the military to move beyond “chasing zero” for pain management treatment goal to improving function and quality of life. PASTOR/PROMIS leverages the NIH PROMIS initiative to provide statistically significant data and clinical decision making information. Second, developed at University of New Mexico, Project ECHO is a “tele-mentoring” initiative that has been adapted for use in DoD and VA to build competence and confidence of primary care providers to address the pain management needs of Service members and Veterans.
Return to the top

A 21st Century Approach to Drug Policy

The Obama Administration’s drug strategy is based on the premise that addiction is a brain disease. And to be effective against the disease, we must adopt a comprehensive approach balancing both public health and public safety. In that vein, the Administration issued its Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan in April 2011.

This session will discuss the four pillars of the Administration’s prescription drug plan as well as the National Drug Control Strategy. The Administration’s approach to drug policy emphasizes drug prevention and early intervention in health care settings, diverting non-violent drug offenders into treatment, expanding access to substance abuse treatment, and supporting long-term recovery. Learn from officials with the Office of National Drug Control Policy more about the Administration’s approach and steps that can be taken in your own communities to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Return to the top

The Medicine Abuse Project: Uniting Stakeholders, Communities and Media to Reduce Medicine Abuse

In September 2012, the Partnership at Drugfree.org, in collaboration with a diverse group of committed partners – including seven federal agencies, 18 sponsors, and more than 60 non-profits – launched “The Medicine Abuse Project,” the first-of-its kind education/mobilization campaign to curb medicine abuse, an epidemic facing our nation.

This multi-year crusade aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine by helping parents and the public to take action including by talking with kids about the dangers of abusing medicine and effective safeguarding and disposing of medicines. The Project has enlisted thousands of key constituents including parents, health care professionals, educators and community leaders, and assembled science-based content targeted to each of these constituencies, enabling them to play a role in ending this epidemic. This vision session will share launch phase outcomes and how to use our community education programs, public relations opportunities, media assets and digital tools.
Return to the top

Changing Prescription Drug Abuse, One Dose At A Time

PillGuard founder Dr. Anthony McEldowney and CEO Roger Hayes will explain how the PillGuard dispenser is used at the pharmacy level to help fight prescription drug abuse.

This revolutionary handheld pill dispenser will replace standard pill bottles and will allow patients access to their controlled substance medications only as the doctor has prescribed it. The PillGuard, which is tamper evident, programmable, and tracks adherence, has been embraced by many workers compensation payers around the country. Come and see why tamper resistant formulations, drug screens, and other methods are not enough to make significant impact on prescription drug abuse.
Return to the top

Examining Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse from Federal, State, Community and Campus Perspectives

The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs affects the nation across disciplines and in various settings.

This interactive session offers the opportunity to hear perspectives about the scope of the problem and efforts to address it from representatives in the federal government, national organizations focused on the needs of states and communities, and higher education.

In addition to hearing about specific resources and initiatives that are available to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse, sufficient time will be allotted to allow for and question-and-answer period with the panelists.
Return to the top