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The Role of Psychological Pain Management Care in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic | Policymaker Forum
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When: Thursday, January 23, 2020
2 - 4:00 PM - Reception Immediately Following
Where: Ohio Statehouse Atrium
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, Ohio  43215
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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This is a FREE event. A reception will be held immediately following the forum.

Registration deadline is January 20, 2020.

The Role of Psychological Pain Management Care in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic | Policymaker Forum

The Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association invite you to attend the Psychological Pain Management Forum for federal, state, and local, and private sector policymakers on Thursday, January 23rd, from 2pm to 4pm in the Capitol Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The summit will feature an overview of evidence-based psychological pain management interventions and their potential role in patient care, and discussion of policies affecting access to these services.

An estimated 1.8 million Ohio adults experience chronic pain, including roughly 700,000 Ohio adults with high-impact pain that interferes with daily life or work activities.  Because prescription opioid use is a major risk factor for developing opioid use disorder, initiatives underway in both Ohio and across the country have begun reducing opioid prescribing. However, rates of prescription opioid use in the U.S. are still two to five times higher than in most other developed countries, and the CDC reports that Ohioans are being prescribed opioids at a higher rate than the U.S. average.  Nonpharmacological approaches to pain management are needed as an alternative to opioids. 
Psychologists have helped develop the widely-accepted understanding of pain as a biopsychosocial phenomenon, and have led research on behavioral health approaches to effectively manage pain. Research shows that psychological interventions can reduce or eliminate the use of prescription opioids and improve patient functioning and recovery.  In its recent landmark report, the U.S. Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force recommended educating patients, clinicians, and the public about the role of these services, and expanding access to psychological and behavioral pain management interventions.
To address this gap, the Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association are joining forces to build the nonpharmacological pain management workforce by providing extended continuing education for psychologists in the Ohio region on Friday, January 24th. The training will provide registrants with a strong understanding of the biopsychosocial nature of pain and the use of psychological and behavioral approaches to addressing chronic pain in adult populations, and will be delivered by nationally-recognized experts. For more information about this training, click here.



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