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NORC Resources

The Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Long-Term Care Residents - Points of Advocacy

Opioid misuse and abuse has become a national epidemic. Yet opioid use in long-term care settings hasn't gotten the same attention as in other settings. To gain more information about the impact of this epidemic on long-term care facility residents, Consumer Voice obtained feedback from residents and ombudsmen through in-person discussions and online questionnaires about the resident experience. This webinar presents the findings and information gathered, and shares select strategies and recommendations for effective advocacy in addressing resident issues related to opioid use and misuse.

Presenters: Lori Smetanka, Executive Director, Consumer Voice; Jamie Freschi, Consultant, National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center

CMS Resources

Reducing Opioid Misuse Webpage
CMS is responding to the opioid epidemic by promoting safe and responsible pain management, making sure patients can access treatment for opioid use disorder, and using data to target prevention and treatment.

CMS roadmap and what they have done in one year under the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.

National Center on Elder Abusse (NCEA) Resources

  • What I Should Know About Opioid Pain Medicine (EnglishSpanish)
  • National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
  • USC Center on Elder Mistreatment (USC CEM)
  • Supports and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention (STEAP)
  • Reframing Elder Abuse (Frameworks)
  • Training Resources on Elder Abuse (TREA)
  • Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE)

Additional Resources

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA)
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