ASCA launches online opioid resource center — 3 takeaways

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association launched an online opioid resource center offering information to clinicians working in ASCs, including studies on long-term opioid use, articles covering opioid prescription and more.

Here's what you need to know:

1. ASCA encourages clinicians to participate in ongoing training for pain management. The opioid resource center provides a link to the American Hospital Association’s “Opioid Toolkit,” which outlines how clinicians can address the opioid epidemic.

2. ASCA also links to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services resource and information website, which outlines a five-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis, including prevention and treatment options.

3. ASCA encourages clinicians working in ASCs to engage in ongoing training in best pain management practices and offers links to the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s website, which covers the latest research, education and advocacy work.

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