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Conference 4/2-5: National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Monday, April 2, 2018 – Thursday, April 5, 2018

Abt Associates staff will present at the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. The event brings together key stakeholders from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities to share insights and discuss what's working in prevention and treatment. Notable speakers in past years have included former President Barack Obama in 2016 and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in 2017. 

Abt staff will present the following:

CDC Guideline: Implementing Clinical and Practice-Level Strategies
Tuesday, April 3, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Moderator: Jan Losby, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sarah J. Shoemaker, Ph.D., Pharm.D., Abt Associates
Jan Losby, Ph.D., MSW, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Wesley M. Sargent, Jr., Ed.D., Ed.S., MA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Douglas McDonald, Ph.D.,  Abt Associates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed and published the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in March 2016 and a coordinated care plan was created for practices to implement systems-level clinical strategies. Abt Associates provides support by developing measures and tools to assist in the implementation of safer opioid prescribing practices.

During the presentation, the experts will share results of a mixed-methods evaluation of the implementation of the recommended strategies in primary care clinics, which measured the effects on opioid prescribing and other outcomes (e.g., reducing opioid use, high-dose opioids, co-prescribing of benzodiazepines and opioids, provider behavior, clinic policies). Their findings will include the use of the recommended strategies, effectiveness of the strategies on outcomes, and the implementation experiences of clinicians. 

When: April 2-5, 2018

Where: Atlanta, GA

For more information, visit the conference website

Learn more about Abt's work in Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose

Learn more about Abt's work in Addiction Prevention and Treatment.

Sarah J. Shoemaker
Sarah J. Shoemaker, Ph.D., Pharm.D.
Douglas McDonald, Ph.D.
Douglas McDonald, Ph.D.