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The Opioid Epidemic



Please Join Us for the TLJMS Opioid Prevention Education Series

August 17th - 31st

1 Education Credit Per Session! Five sessions!

Remaining Sessions:

Aug 24: https://bit.ly/3itjd9W

Aug 27: https://bit.ly/3akUmlN

Aug 31: https://bit.ly/3afcP36

If you are a healthcare provider and would like to join us in our mission, register for our education sessions HERE.

TLJMS will educate medical providers in a five-part series to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to treating patients with acute and chronic pain. This initiative is supported by an independent grant from Health Council of Southeast Florida.

Providers and Prescribers will learn the factors important to prescriber decision making

Prescribers will gain information on the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

This series should help providers:

1. Improve their clinical decision making

2. Enhance their patient management strategies

3. Interpret new clinically relevant findings

4. Analyze health policy

5. Gain access to resources for review


Opioid Treatment Resources

Calculating Total Daily Dose of Opioids for Safer Dosage 

CDC Opioid Guideline Mobile App

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain 

Training for Providers - Earn free CEs! 

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Opioid Foldable Name Guide!


In The News

Doctors And Dentists Still Flooding U.S. With Opioid Prescriptions 

Opioid overdoses skyrocket in the face of COVID-19 pandemic; stronger drugs, scarce treatment blamed 


Adapted from CDC.gov

Opioids are a class of drugs used to relieve pain. They include:

  • 1.     Prescription opioids that can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain. These include oxycodone and morphine

    2.     Fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, and is many times more powerful that other opioids, and is approved for treating severe pain

    3.     Heroin, which is an illegal opioid. 

Since 1999, deaths involving prescription opioids have increased by more than five times, and over 200,000 people have died from prescription opioids. Recommendations from the focus on clinical practice, and provide evidence and guidance to improve how these drugs are prescribed - and ultimately improve patient care. 

Chronic pain is common, multidimensional, and individualized. Because of this, treatment can be challenging for healthcare providers as well as patients. In response to the critical need for consistent and current opioid prescribing guidelines, the CDC released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The link to this resource is located at the bottom of this page.

The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society (TLJMS) is made up of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health and wellness, access to care, academic and career opportunities, and the quality of life for underserved populations. With opioid deaths on the rise across all racial/ethnic groups, the goal of reducing the impact of opioids in black and brown communities in Palm Beach County aligns perfectly with our mission.




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