Education Session on Opioid Reduction Act Set for Aug. 26 at Wheeling Hospital

A continuing education credit session on West Virginia’s Opioid Reduction Act will be held from 7-8 p.m. Aug. 26 in Wheeling Hospital’s auditorium.

The free session is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists and veterinarians. Continuing education credits are pending.

Attendees are asked to register online at https://pharmacyce.wvu.edu/user/login. Walk-in participants are welcome.

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to state the days’ supply limitations for prescribing Schedule II opioids in West Virginia; identify the documentation requirements when prescribing Schedule II opioids and discuss a prescriber’s responsibilities to recommend alternatives other than Schedule II opioids to treat pain.

Prescribers in West Virginia are bound by restrictions outlined in the Opioid Reduction Act, aimed at combating the state’s opioid crisis. The measure was enacted in 2018 by the Legislature to limit patient access in an effort to minimize the number of opioids on the street, and to reduce the likelihood that a patient will become addicted while seeking medical treatment.

The educational session is presented by the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, with support from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Marshall Health and WVU School of Public Health, using the State Opioid Response grant.


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