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KMS adopts action plan & principles related to opioid misuse

At its most recent meeting, the KMS Board of Trustees discussed the increasing national attention on opioid misuse. The Board expressed a desire to understand how opioid misuse is impacting Kansans and how physicians might engage in this important conversation.

Partnership with Kansas Hospital Association

To that end, the Board voted to partner with the Kansas Hospital Association and establish the KMS-KHA Committee on Opioid Misuse. The Committee is charged with:

  • reviewing data related to opioid use and opioid prescribing in Kansas,
  • identifying factors which impact rates of substance use disorders,
  • identifying resources or strategies which may assist physicians and hospitals as they address challenges related to opioid misuse, and
  • discussing opportunities to reduce the harmful impact of opioid misuse.

 The Committee will begin its work immediately and will provide regular updates to the membership.

Guiding principles adopted

Additionally, the Board adopted a set of principles regarding the effective use of opioids and the importance of maintaining a physician’s ability to make clinical decisions which are in the best interest of patients. The principles are available here.

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