Tools for Healthcare Professionals

 NEW: Take Charge Ohio offers a variety of resources for healthcare pros as well as the public.


A new video series from EPIS Center presents background information about the substance use epidemic and outlines strategies for effective prevention. Teachers, human service professionals, and parents can access training via two web-based platforms, at no cost. 


Pennsylvania's Substance Use Disorder (SUD)  Loan Repayment Program (LRP) provides funding for those with education loans who work in SUD treatment or related healthcare. There are several approved worksites in Westmoreland County. Visit the website to learn if your clinical profession and employment site make you eliglbie.


AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit can help pharmacists engage in conversations with their patients and healthcare provider colleagues about prescription opioids.

Alcohol Addiction Center: Resources for patients or family member  concerned about misuse or alcohol addiction can find a variety of reputable resources here.

ALOSA health CME training for prescribers on Managing Pain in the Elderly  and Preventing the Overprescription of Opioids:  Managing Acute and Chronic Pain with Alternatives

ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) is offering "Overview of Addiction Medicine (1.5 CME)" free through 6/9/17. This April, 2016 symposium provides a rapid review of recent updates from the scientific literature from 2015 to 2016 in addiction medicine.

Article: "Combining ibuprofen and acetaminophen for acute pain management after third-molar extractions" from the Journal of the American Dental Association download options

CDC downloadable materials for patients

CMEs for on PA's PDMP are here

Co-occurring treatment finder from SAMHSA's OD Response Guide for Caregivers  details "Awareness, Prevention, and Preparedness for Caregivers of Addicts"

Electronic Tools for Use in the Continuum of Care for Patients With Addiction from IRETA. This is a self-paced online course about the use of technology throughout the continuum of care for patients with addiction. The five sections will introduce you to five different electronic tools that can be used in prevention, treatment, and aftercare.

Highlands Hospital in Uniontown hosts one of the state's Centers of Excellence. They serve Westmoreland County residents as well. Learn about their  services here. 

IRETA provides free webinars on SBIRT (Screening, Brief intervention, referral to treatment) and other topics related to addiction medicine.  Download their SBIRT Toolkit materials here. 

See resources specific to SBIRT for youth here.

IRETA Co-occurring Disorders Toolkit for treatment providers

Kettering Health (Ohio) "PAUSE": reference material for physicians & pharmacists to guide prescribers to alternatives to opioid painkillers, and  health care organizations that want better pain management strategies.

Monitor on Psychology CLE article: Psychologists' Roles in Helping to Treat Opioid-use Disorders and Prevent Overdoses (April, 2017)

Naloxone for opioid safety: A provider’s guide to prescribing naloxone to patients who use opioids from PA DoH (Slide deck)

PA Department of Human Services Adding New Opioid Measure to Hospital Quality Incentive Program


Pharmacists: Informational one-pager for pharmacists on Naloxone, created by pharmacist Sue Schropp, RP, of the Medicine Shoppe in Latrobe. Our Pharmacy working group visited several pharmacies in the County in June, 2018. See what they found out here.

Pittsburgh Poison Center's Safety Recommendations for Suspected Opioid Exposure fact sheet.


NIDA/IRETA's Assessment and Treatment of Adolescent Marijuana Abuse and Dependence    

 Self-paced, one hour, online course. Learn: 

  • Why do some adolescents use marijuana when others don’t?

  • How can we speak to young people about substance use and connect them with appropriate care?

  • How  to identify the relationship between adolescents and sensation seeking/impulsivity


North Carolina's Project Lazarus has published a toolkit for prescribers with extensive resources. Read an interview with founder Fred Brason on how the organization created their process of working with the healthcare community, and outcomes. 

The Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Published March 16,2017 



Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD)—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD.Download


 MATx app--mobile tool for physicians to support medically-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. 

Opioid Toolkit has prescriber information.

Vermont Hub-and-Spoke Model of Care For Opioid Use Disorder: Development, Implementation, and Impact

Veterinarians: The Opioid Epidemic: What Veterinarians Need to Know from the FDA

Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission maintains a current listing of Treatment options for Westmoreland County residents.

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