Pennsylvania NEWS

Wolf Administration Continues Its Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

In its ongoing efforts to curb the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration recently released updates to two of the ten prescribing guidelines set forth by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.
“These guidelines are an important tool for health care providers in order to promote opioid stewardship to prevent the disease of addiction,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We want to ensure that doctors treating patients with chronic, non-cancer pain and obstetricians and gynecologists have the most up to date information based on the best available science. We also outline various ways for doctors to treat patients for pain without the use of opioids.”

Both guidelines include updated statistics and information relevant to the individual guidelines. There is also contact information included for referrals to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Help Line and local resources for people who may have opioid use disorder. A list of recommended resources, including federal guidelines, is also included.

The Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force, convened by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs, includes members from state agencies, medical associations, provider advocates and community members. The task force published the first prescribing guideline in 2014.

Visit the online Treating and Preventing Opioid Addiction Guide to learn more about the state’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic and to view the dashboard.