The Ocean County District Attorney’s Office Strengthens Its Commitment to Addressing the Statewide Opioid Epidemic by Partnering with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) to Provide Training free on prescription opioids to county health care providers.
The DA’s office will award 500 scholarships to Ocean County prescribers to attend PDFNJ’s continuing education webinar, “Do No Harm: Exploring Strategies for Safer Prescription of Opioids.”
Ocean County District Attorney Bradley Billhimer and his office are the first New Jersey district attorney’s office to work together to provide ongoing training to local prescribers.
The webinar features medical, law enforcement and legal experts discussing the impact of the opioid epidemic on New Jersey and providing information on how to safely and responsibly prescribe opioids to patients.
It also meets New Jersey’s requirement that prescribers receive one hour of continuing education regarding prescription opioids to renew their licenses.
“Attorney Billhimer and the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office have been a tremendous partner in efforts to address the opioid epidemic in New Jersey,” said PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente.
“From its innovative recovery programs to the engagement of the business community, the Office of the Prosecutor has become a leader in this fight. Now, by making prescriber training more accessible to county providers, the office is providing a vital prevention service that will have a positive impact on county residents.
In June 2019, PDFNJ and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) launched the webinar, which provided essential information for responsible prescribing practices that protect patients from opioid abuse and addiction.
Knowledge from the course has benefited approximately 2.6 million patients.
“Educating healthcare professionals about the risks and appropriate ways to treat pain and prescribe opioids is critical to addressing the opioid epidemic facing our state and country,” said the executive director. of the PDFNJ, Angelo Valente.
“New Jersey healthcare professionals are getting better education on prescribing practices through this webinar, and this knowledge has helped them make the best decisions for their patients.”
The webinar is specifically designed for healthcare professionals including MDs, MDs of Osteopathic Medicine, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Residents, Fellows and Medical Students .
The accredited program is available at the website: www.KnockOutOpioidAbuse.DrugFreeNJ.org/NJSafeRx.