Ohio Hospital Newswire


Tools, Resources Available for Prescribers from New State Opioid Program




The Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team has launched a new statewide campaign to encourage and empower opioid prescribers, their patients and the public to safely manage pain and prevent pain medication abuse.
“We’re asking hospitals and health care systems to tell their employed physicians about the campaign tools and resources to help foster positive interactions with their patients in managing pain safely and preventing pain medication abuse,” said Mark Hurst, MD, medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
“We’ve heard from doctors and other opioid prescribers that they need tools to help educate their patients about the dangers of misusing prescription pain medications, and about how to safely manage their pain, including with non-opioid therapies,” he said. “The campaign is called ‘Take Charge Ohio’ with the tagline ‘Manage Pain. Prevent Medication Abuse.’ Both of those components are important – we need to effectively manage pain, but do so in a way that minimizes risks to the patient, including the risks of addiction and overdose.”
With the support of Ohio’s prescriber community, Ohio is seeing important progress in reducing the number of prescription opioids available for abuse – and last year the state had the fewest prescription opioid overdose deaths since 2009. However, prescription opioids are still involved in far too many overdose deaths, and their abuse is frequently a gateway to heroin and fentanyl use later on.
The Take Charge Ohio campaign includes a combination of TV, radio, print, and digital advertising; billboards; social media; and emails to licensed prescribers. It also includes a website,, where prescribers, other health care providers and the general public can go for information, tools and resources, including brochures, fliers and posters that prescribers can use with their patients.
The campaign is funded by a grant the Ohio Department of Health has received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The campaign is only one component of Ohio’s aggressive and comprehensive approach to combatting opioid abuse and overdose deaths. Details about these efforts are available on the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team website.
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