American Academy of Pediatrics
Resources to Address the Opioid Epidemic
PediaLink Module – Acute Pain Management: Changes and Challenges
The main goals of this course are to increase the number of pediatricians who understand how to assess and treat pain as well as how to identify patients at risk for misusing opioid medications. Case studies presented in this course provide the opportunity to apply the pain screening and management techniques to patient and family case situations.
PediaLink Module – Chronic Pain and the Opioid Crisis
This course reviews the types of chronic pain pediatricians are likely to see in their patients. The role of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations are discussed. This course is free.
Research-Based Clinical Strategies to Prevent and Address Adolescent Substance Use and Prescription Medication Misuse—Being Part of the Solution
The AAP was part of a coalition of medical professional organizations that developed this free online course. It is offered through two 30-minute sections and encourages prevention strategies for adolescents reporting no substance use and offers guidance for how to address substance use at all levels—from mild, to moderate, to severe. It also discusses safe prescribing practices and evidence-based treatments for teens with a substance use disorder. Brief clinician videos provide insights and tips to incorporate into practice.
Pediatric Waiver Training
Pediatricians must complete 8 hours of training and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, to treat opioid use disorders in general medical settings. There are several options for training: www.aap.org/mat
With funding from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the AAP held a webinar series on preventing, identifying, and treating opioid dependence. These webinar recordings are available at www.aap.org/pcsso. Take special note of the "Take Home Points" document that accompanies each webinar.
EQIPP Course - Substance Use Screening: Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment
This online course will help you identify and close gaps in your practice related to SBIRT using practical tools while earning CME and MOC Part4 credit. AAP members get access to all EQIPP courses as a benefit of membership.
State and National Fact Sheets
Access state-by-state and national fact sheets that examine the intersection of the opioid epidemic, child welfare systems, and child health. These fact sheets also offer policy solutions that can support vulnerable children and families at both the state and federal level.
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Joint Principles
The AAP and 5 other medical organizations adopted these joint principles that set out guidelines to expand access to treatment and increase research into substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment. It also calls for a public health approach to SUDs that will reduce stigma while continuing to ensure comprehensive pain management for patients.
Poster on Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications
Available in both English and Spanish, this poster is meant to be hung in the pediatric office for families to see. It is designed specifically so that local resources can be written into the empty white space. The poster was disseminated at the 2017 National Conference and Exhibition, discussed in an October 2017 AAP News article.
AAP Public Service Announcement on Medication
In this public service announcement from the AAP, Dr. Shelly Flais explains how to protect children by safely storing medicine at home. Health care providers can share the PSA on practice websites or social media by using this code:
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The video is available for viewing on YouTube.
Medicine Abuse Project
The AAP is a partner in this campaign, which was launched in 2012 by The Partnership at Drugfree.org. The Medicine Abuse Project aims to curb the abuse of medicine. The Web site houses a suite of comprehensive resources tailored to parents, health professionals, educators, and community leaders, to help them learn about and address the problem.
American Medical Association (AMA) Task Force
The AAP has been a member and active participant in the AMA's Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse. The AAP is involved in the task force's efforts to:
- educate physicians about safe opioid prescribing practices;
- educate state policymakers about the importance of effective prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs);
- educate physicians about the importance of using PDMPs; and
- encourage widespread community access of naloxone.
The AMA Task Force has produced the following fact sheets: