Addiction and Pain Management
& Prevention Summit

Pathways to Collaboration

February 15 - 17, 2019 | Austin, TX

To combat the growing addiction epidemic that has resulted from opioid prescriptions for pain management, building partnerships and collaborations is critical. The Texas Society of Addiction Medicine, Texas Health Institute and Superior HealthPlan have joined forces to host a summit that addresses the state of the science in pain management and actions that can be taken to respond to the crisis.

Superior HealthPlan created an inaugural summit in 2018, “Changing the Paradigm in the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Substance Use Disorder in Texas.” The Texas Health Institute and Texas Society of Addiction Medicine are partnering this year to increase the scope and Summit reach.

History
During the 1990s, there was a movement to label pain as the fifth vital sign in medicine. This required physicians to evaluate and address pain in their patients. As a result, the production and prescription of short-acting opioids increased dramatically. Fast forward almost 20 years and the number of opioid overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999. In 2017 alone, an opioid overdose was the cause of more than 60,000 deaths in the United States.

Today, physicians’ continuing medical education programs are now deemphasizing the use of opioids in all but acute pain, such as for postsurgical analgesia. However, one of the largest challenges facing physicians is how to reduce opioid use for patients who have been prescribed high levels of opioid analgesics for years.

 

Who Should Attend

  • Physicians
  • Medical Directors
  • Behavioral Health Directors
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Substance Use & Prevention Directors
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Outreach Coordinators
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Dentists
  • Telehealth Directors
  • Government Officials
  • Law Enforcement Officials
  • Recovery Coaches