Addressing the Shortage of Providers in Colorado able to Prescribe Treatment for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
For the last decade, overdose has been a leading cause of pregnancy-associated death in Colorado. Colorado providers have a unique opportunity to aid persons struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD) during the vulnerable perinatal period.
Buprenorphine can be prescribed during routine clinical care, including primary care, family practice, psychiatry, and the emergency department, to treat individuals with prescription opioid or heroin addiction, including during pregnancy and postpartum. With the increasing prevalence of maternal OUD and overdose deaths in the state, it is imperative that treatment resources for these patients increase.
However, there is a shortage of providers in Colorado who are able to prescribe buprenorphine treatment for patients with OUD, and even fewer trained to care for the perinatal population.
To address this need, the Practice Innovations in Opioid Management at the CU Department of Family Medicine is offering a stipend for Colorado providers who invest the time to take the waiver training to get their DEA X waiver. Those who complete a waiver training course and receive their waivers from DEA by September 30 will be eligible to receive up to $1000 in compensation.
New FREE tool gives Colorado perinatal providers access to hundreds of resources related to perinatal substance use.
The Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN) Provider Education Work Group is excited to announce the creation of the Colorado Perinatal Substance Use Provider Toolkit, made possible with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Evidence-based and inclusive resources provided include clinical guidelines and recommendations, data and epidemiology, and patient handouts and resources, bringing the latest from sources such as ACOG, AAP, and CDC.
Providers can find tools and resources related to:
This searchable online toolkit provides hundreds of resources related to perinatal substance use.
Colorado Perinatal Substance Use Provider Toolkit
The CHoSEN Collaborative promotes tools, educational resources and learning opportunities to all perinatal providers to improve practice related to care of substance exposed newborns and their families.
The Colorado Perinatal Substance Use Provider Toolkit can be found under the resources section on the CHoSEN Collaborative website. Don't forget to bookmark this essential tool!
Professionals do not have to be associated with a participating in CHoSEN QIC hospital. Be sure to subscribe to receive the CHoSEN Collaborative newsletter to receive alerts as additional resources are added to this website.