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    SCOPE of Pain to train health care providers in pain management Saturday
    Free class for doctors, clinicians focuses on prescription opioids 

    Baltimore, MD 
    (October 15, 2015) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will help sponsor a free training for doctors and other clinicians on safe opioid prescribing for chronic pain. Prescription abuse factors into the opioid and heroin epidemic that has been a priority for the Hogan Administration.  

    The live meeting and panel discussion are part of the Boston University School of Medicine’s (BUSM) national Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) series, which is also sponsored by the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company.  

    “Opioid addiction continues to be a scourge in Maryland that all too often starts in the abuse of prescribed medication,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “This administration encourages doctors and clinicians to sign up for the free training, in the interests of Maryland’s public health and our effort to promote recovery and sobriety across the state.”  

    Eight hundred eighty-seven or 85.7 percent of all intoxication deaths that occurred in Maryland in 2014 were opioid-related. Opioid-related deaths included deaths associated with heroin, prescription opioids, and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl. The number of opioid-related deaths increased by 22 percent between 2013 and 2014, and increased by 76 percent between 2010 and 2014. More information on heroin- and opioid-related deaths in Maryland can be found on our data page at http://goo.gl/83BCDn.  

    The training will be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17, at the BWI Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, in Salon GH. Healthcare providers who participate can receive one CME credit hour. Registration for Saturday’s event is at https://goo.gl/oBJCpE. BUSM launched SCOPE of Pain in 2013, and more than 10,500 prescribers have completed the training. It is offered as a three-hour, live program or as an online activity at www.scopeofpain.org.   



    The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is the state government agency that protects Maryland’s public health and also works to help Marylanders make better health decisions for better health outcomes. Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MarylandDHMH and www.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH.