Safe Table Focuses on Rural Health and Opioids

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Twenty MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization members participated in a virtual Rural Health and Opioids Safe Table Nov. 17. Safe tables encourage peer-to-peer guidance by offering legally protected, confidential environments for discussion around sensitive topics.

In addition to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggest increases in opioid and other drug-related mortality. The pandemic has exacerbated the nation’s opioid epidemic, which has grown even more complicated and deadly. Participants engaged in conversations about how the pandemic has highlighted socioeconomic factors that negatively impact patient populations, such as patients who do not have access to transportation for their appointments.

The Northern Michigan Opioid Response Consortium (NMORC) and the MHA Keystone Center also presented current efforts to address opioid misuse. NMORC is focusing on improving poor economic factors, prescribing patterns and expanding statewide distribution of naloxone, a medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.

The MHA Keystone Center discussed its partnership with the Michigan Center for Rural Health to offer providers training on opioid-related academic detailing, which is peer-to-peer educational outreach focused on delivering evidence-based information in a dynamic, engaging and clinician-centric way. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.