American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP has been a member and active participant in the AMA’s Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse. The AAP is involved in the task force’s efforts to:
• educate physicians about safe opioid prescribing practices;
• educate state policymakers about the importance of effective prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs);
• educate physicians about the importance of using PDMPs; and
• encourage widespread community access of naloxone.
The AAP is a partner in this campaign, which was launched in 2012 by The Partnership at Drugfree.org. The Medicine Abuse Project aims to curb the abuse of medicine. The Web site houses a suite of comprehensive resources tailored to parents, health professionals, educators, and community leaders, to help them learn about and address the problem.
Available in both English and Spanish, this poster is meant to be hung in the pediatric office for families to see. It is designed specifically so that local resources can be written into the empty white space. The poster was disseminated at the 2017 National Conference and Exhibition, discussed in an October 2017 AAP News article, and is available upon request until quantities are depleted. Request copies here.
Access state-by-state and national fact sheets that examine the intersection of the opioid epidemic, child welfare systems, and child health. These fact sheets also offer policy solutions that can support vulnerable children and families at both the state and federal level.
These training simulations are free to AAP members and provide participants with effective brief intervention techniques for addressing substance use and mental health concerns with adolescents. The virtual simulations, developed by Kognito, strive to increase comfort and improve the quality of care, ultimately leading to positive patient behavioral change.
To access the course, go to kognito.com/aap
1. Create a new account
2. Follow the onscreen instructions
3. Choose your course
4. Click “LAUNCH”
With funding from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the AAP held a webinar series on preventing, identifying, and treating opioid dependence.
Take special note of the “Take Home Points” document that accompanies each webinar.
1. Unraveling the Mystery of Acute and Chronic Pain in the Child & Adolescent
2. Putting the Pieces Together: Strategies for Pain Management
3. Co-Occurring Psychiatric Illness and Substance Use in Youth
4. Rational Pain Management in Children With Chronic Medical Conditions
5. Demystifying Buprenorphine Prescribing for Youth With Opioid Use Disorders
6. Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the General Pediatrician
Pediatricians must complete 8 hours of training and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, to treat opioid use disorders in general medical settings. There are several options for training:
Online 8-Hour Course
AAP members can take the full 8-hour training online at www.aap.org/mat. Eight hours of CME credit will be awarded upon completion.
Live 8-Hour Course
If you are interested in delivering the 8-hour course in a live setting, OR you are interested in having an instructor travel to your location to give a live group training, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Half Online / Half Live Option
The course can be delivered in “halves.” If you are interested in delivering this format, or want to request an instructor to deliver this format, email your request to email@example.com.