Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Want to save lives from opioid overdose? Consider a naloxone distribution program!

Learn more about naloxone distribution programs from the ACEP Trauma and Injury Prevention Section. Their upcoming webinar “ED Naloxone Distribution: key considerations and implementation strategies” on Wednesday, August 19th at 1:00 p.m. ET. will provide you with the information you need to get this life-saving program started in your area.

Learn about the practical steps necessary to set up an ED naloxone distribution program. Experts from across the U.S. who have helped establish ED naloxone distribution programs will share their experiences and insights into the key policy and logistical considerations to understand before starting a program in your ED, sharing lessons that they have learned along the way.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to take away a set of concrete recommendations and proven best practices, allowing them to set up their own ED naloxone distribution programs.

To sign up, register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5839727624803344642
Webinar ID: 103-133-779

For more information, you can contact: dchambers@lifespan.org.

Monday, July 27, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium

The North Colorado Health Alliance, the Colorado Consortium on Prescription Drug Abuse, and other partners are planning a Colorado Opioid Epidemic Symposium in Southern Colorado at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort on September 24th and 25th.

Please see the  Save the Date below and distribute this widely. A formal invitation with program agenda and registration information will be coming soon. If you have questions, or would like to know about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deirdre Pearson at dpearson.alliance@nocoha.org or 970.350.4673.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Colorado public health officials pushing overdose antidote Naloxone

From: Denver Post

There is a narcotic that public health officials and researchers are practically begging pharmacists to push and users to inject or inhale.

Naloxone is a narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic drugs such as heroin or prescription opioids, including OxyContin.

It is an antidote for opiate overdose.

Colorado lawmakers have passed two measures — the latest effective July 1 — intended to expand use of naloxone, also known by brand names Narcan and Evzio.

"It's not recovery from addiction. It just saves lives," said University of Colorado Hospital ER nurse Dawn O'Keefe. She used it to save her son's life when he overdosed during his battle with addiction.

Public health officials are promoting the use of the drug naloxone to help save people from opioid overdoses, a life-saving measure few know about in the midst of this epidemic. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

"Every parent, everyone, needs to have access to this drug," O'Keefe said. "I'm so surprised by the people who don't know anything about it."

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Marijuana Resources for Health Care Providers

Only 40% of health care providers surveyed reported feeling knowledgeable about the risks of marijuana use during adolescence. In order to help increase their comfort and knowledge of the marijuana laws and research on the health risks, CDPHE recently developed the Marijuana Pediatric Exposure Prevention Guidance for Health Care Providers. The two new pediatric guidance documents are titled Marijuana Pediatric Exposure Prevention Guidance for Health Care Providers:

Discussions with Parents or Guardians of Children and Adolescents Ages 0-20

Discussions with Children and Adolescents Ages 9-20

These documents provide evidenced-based guidance for Colorado health care providers to talk with patients and their parents about marijuana. Topics within the guidance documents include screening questions, health effects, secondhand smoke, parenting and safety (including safe sleep), and safe storage.

The guidance was developed using the information from the systematic literature review conducted by the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee. A committee of experts developed guidance document content with additional feedback from health care provider focus groups.

CDPHE also developed factsheets for patients to accompany the guidelines, written at a middle school reading level and translated into multiple languages:

Youth and Marijuana Tips for Parents

These factsheets provide information for youth and parents about the risk of marijuana use including health effects, legal issues, safety, and available resources. The factsheets have space on the back for local agencies to place their logo and contact information, if desired.

For more information on the resources for health care providers and patients, go to http://bit.ly/CDPHE_MJ_HealthCareGuidance.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The White House Conference on Aging 2015

President Obama is scheduled to host the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), Monday, July 13, 2015.  The White House is seeking broad public engagement for this event. To participate:

STEADI Online Clinical Training
0.1 CEU/CE; 1 CHES; 1 CNE Contact Hours; 2 CPHCE; 1 ACCME: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

In coordination with the White House event, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is showcasing the continuing work being done to protect older adults from injury and death from falls. Every 13 seconds an older adult is treated in an Emergency Department (ED) for injuries due to a fall in the United States. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from one of these falls. To help prevent these occurrences, CDC created the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative.

Now STEADI is available online as an interactive clinical training, to give health care providers the tools needed to make fall screening, assessment, and intervention part of every clinical practice serving older adults. The content is based on established clinical guidelines and proven interventions aimed at reducing falls in older Americans, so they can stay healthy, active, and independent longer.

The training will be available on CDC TRAIN by July 13, 2015. Search the keyword “STEADI” to launch the training after creating an account, or logging into an existing account.

Contact Aerin LaCerte at CDPHE or visit https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/clinical-guidelines-fall-prevention for more information on STEADI.

Engaging Youth: Applying the Positive Youth Development Approach to All Aspects of Your Work

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Friday, July 10, 2015

New Healthy Kids Colorado Survey reports available

Reports are available for the following topics:

There is a middle school overview, a high school overview, and an executive summary of high school data available.

​​The 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is a voluntary survey that collected anonymous, self-reported health information from over 40,000 middle and high school students across Colorado. Survey data can be used to better understand health behaviors and attitudes among Colorado youth, to support new programs and policies, and to monitor trends in health behaviors over time. For more information, visit www.healthykidscolo.org.