To protect the public from the unprofessional, incompetent, or impaired practice of medicine.
The Board of Medicine issues licenses to qualified Allopathic and Osteopathic physicians and physician assistants based on nationally recognized credentialing standards. The Board regulates the minimum standards for professional conduct and continued competence and takes disciplinary action against licensees who fail to meet these standards.
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• The Board has issued a Statement on Naloxone Prescribing , informing licensees of the authority to engage in third party prescribing and standing orders for this drug.
• The Board, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, is providing a sample Naloxone Standing Order Form . Individual licensees may wish to consult with their own legal counsel or risk management prior to issuing a standard order.
• Frequently asked questions about Naloxone access laws are available for review.
• Additional information about Naloxone can be found at prescribetoprevent.com.
II. Clinical Resources
• SBIRT is a strategy in the healthcare sector for reinforcing healthy behaviors, identifying problematic drug and alcohol use early, reducing substance misuse, and referring to treatment those who need it. This evidence based practice is a process with three main elements - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in medical settings.
• The NH Prescription Drug Monitoring Program offers prescribers and pharmacists a valuable tool for improving both patient care and the health and safety of our communities. By taking advantage of this resource, prescribers will not only better manage patients' health and prescription usage, but also promote public health and safety through the prevention and treatment for controlled substance abuse, and assist in the reduction of the diversion of controlled substances.
• The Federation of State Medical Boards offers a free CME entitled Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing.
• The Massachusetts Medical Society offers a free Opioid Prescribing Series for CME credit.
III. Treatment Tools
• Buprenorphine providers are available to assist patients in need of medication assisted treatment for a substance use disorder.
• Find providers offering withdrawal management, outpatient counseling, residential treatment, recovery supports and other types of services for people experiencing problems with alcohol and other drug use, including addiction.
• Additional resources for providers and patients can be found at drugfreenh.gov.
IV. Upcoming CMEs in New Hampshire
• NH SBIRT Summit: Stopping Substance Misuse before it Starts
Monday, October 19, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH
• Catholic Medical Center in partnership with the Boston University School of Medicine and the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Office presents: State-of-the-art Management of the Opiate-dependent Patient and Pain Treatment
Friday, November 13, 2015, 7:30am - 4:00pm
SERESC Conference, 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford, NH