Next OPG Meeting Oct. 18th 6-8 pm

How to Incorporate Naloxone into Your Practice

  • How pharmacists have implemented naloxone prescribing
  • How to start conversations about safety with patients in the pharmacy
  • Upcoming legislative changes in Oregon that increase oversight of prescribing opioids, naloxone utilization and training requirement changes
  • Speakers will describe how they have integrated naloxone into their practice
September 15-17, 2017 St. Charles Bend, Bend, OR

The International Benzodiazepine Symposium

We invite you to join progressive thinking health care professionals, educators, political representatives, journalists and those interested in how benzodiazepines have impacted our society for the past 50+ years.

  • Describe the evidence-based safe use of benzodiazepines in various clinical setting
  • Describe the evidence-based management of anxiety states.
  • Describe the evidence-based management of adverse reactions to benzodiazepine use.
  • Describe evidence-based approaches that can be used by health systems to improve clinical management of anxiety states, including the safe and effective use of medications.

Invitation Flyer

Symposium Schedule at a Glance

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October 23-24, 2017 Grants Pass, OR

Working with Acceptance, Mindfulness, & Values in Chronic Pain: An Introduction and Skills Building Seminar with Kevin Vowles, PHD, Clinical Psychologist, UNM

As pain sufferers set aside struggles for control over pain, attend to present experiences, and engage in meaningful activities, they suffer less and function better, even while pain persists. This 2 day seminar will provide a brief overview of the theoretical model underlying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and will include significant opportunities for clinical practice. Most of the workshop will be spent in experiential, skill building, and case conceptualization exercises. Participants will learn how to identify targets for treatment in those suffering from chronic pain and apply interventions to augment acceptance, mindfulness, and values.

Location: Options For Southern Oregon
1215 Southwest G Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm

12 hours of LCSW/LPC/CADAC CEU are available. Lunch provided.

Coming Soon! September 22, 2017

2017 Mid-Willamette Valley Pain Summit

After attending this educational activity participants will be able to:
1. Comprehend the problem of prescription drug abuse statewide and regionally;
2. Define the effectiveness of non-opioid therapies to manage long term non-cancer pain;
3. Define the components of a comprehensive approach to treating patients with opioid use disorders;
4. Recognize the importance of safely disposing left over medications; and
5. Recognize the need to co-prescribe Naloxone for patients at high risk of opioid overdose.



Share the Care: Team Based Opioid Management

Guest speakers will share their experience caring for patients using a team-based approach. Using the Six Building Blocks created to help primary care practices manage opioids as a foundation, we will explore what it takes to effectively manage opioids within a team.

This interactive learning session will include time for team assessment and planning. We encourage providers, medical assistants, behavioral health consultants, front office staff, managers, and any other key staff to attend.

Grants Pass Community Naxolone Meeting

: Meeting to help prevent overdoses, sponsored by Max’s Mission
When: Wednesday April 5, 7-9 PM
Where: AllCare Community Room,
1701 NE 7th St, Grants Pass

  • Get a prescription for Naloxone
  • Be trained on how and when to use Naloxone
  • How to get Naloxone from your local pharmacy

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OPG Meeting Dec. 21st, 6-8 p.m.

Conversation as Medicine: Managing Difficult Conversations in Healthcare

  • Does a conversation with a patient about changing an opioid Rx put knots in your stomach?
  • Do you avoid such conversations because they are too time intensive, emotional, combative or just plain unproductive?
  • Uncertain how to approach a patient asking for Rx opioids who presents with chronic pain but has signs of addiction?

COME TO THE DEC. 21 – 6 – 8 PM

Smullin Center (Medford) 3 Rivers (Grants Pass)