As is the case in many other areas of the country, the opioid epidemic is a clear and present public health crisis for citizens of Wisconsin, particularly those residing in the Stateline area. Wisconsin’s age-adjusted per capita rate of opioid-related deaths consistently exceeds the national average.
a $235,382 grant to fund a 3-year pilot project
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, there are a variety of strategies that can effectively reduce exposure to opioids, preventing opioid use disorder and deaths. Included within these strategies are those that fall specifically within the health care system, such as Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, educating providers about prescribing guidelines and how to facilitate conversations with patients about the risks and benefits around pain treatment options, and quality improvement programs to increase implementation of recommended prescribing practices.¹
to positively impact opioid-related hospitalizations and deaths
In response to state-level data indicating three-quarters of surgical patients in Rock County filled at least one opioid prescription post-operatively and, on average, Rock County patients were receiving prescriptions in an amount greater than national guidelines, the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin project utilizes health care system strategies that focus on intervention and education work with surgeons and other key stakeholders from the Beloit Health System, SSM Health, Mercy Health System and the Edgerton Hospital. Targeted use of data and development and implementation of education platforms to re-shape post-operative opioid prescribing practices will be used to reduce prescribing and reverse the upward trend in the opioid death rate in the community.
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Todor Borza, MD
Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin
Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
¹ Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention & Control. (2017). Prevent Opioid Use Disorder. Retrieved from: Prevent Opioid Use Disorder | Drug Overdose | CDC Injury Center
² Rock County Wisconsin Public Health. (2021). Opioids in Rock County. Retrieved from: Rock County Wisconsin – Opioids in Rock County