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Opioid Stewardship

Opioid Abatement Toolkit

Litigation against manufacturers, distributors and retailers alleged to have contributed to the ongoing opioid epidemic resulted in settlement funding for the abatement and mitigation of opioid misuse and abuse. The intent of these funds is for the prevention, treatment, and support of recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD). These funds will become available to county governments in various amounts in the coming years.

County governments that receive funds will be focused on “core” abatement strategies that are intended to integrate well with pharmacy services within their communities. PSW collaborated with various PSW member-experts and interdisciplinary healthcare partners to develop summaries on a variety of topics related to opioid use, mitigation of opioid misuse and abuse, stigma, substance use disorder, and medication assisted treatment. Pharmacy personnel (pharmacists and technicians) can use this toolkit to begin the discussions with their respective county board of supervisors on potential projects and funding opportunities that address the needs of their shared communities concerning the abatement and mitigation of opioid misuse and abuse.

Creation of this toolkit was supported by funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation.



Continuing Education Course

Earn continuing education credit by completing the "Pharmacy-Powered Solutions for Optimizing Opioid Settlement Funds" course to complement the Opioid Abatement Toolkit. Created in collaboration with industry experts, this resource equips pharmacy professionals to engage county governments in utilizing settlement funds for opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives, empowering them to make a tangible impact in their communities.

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Enhancing Opioid Stewardship in Rural Wisconsin Health Systems: A Toolkit for Pharmacists

In response to the opioid crisis, Wisconsin health systems serving rural communities are developing opioid stewardship programs to facilitate appropriate opioid prescribing, opioid disposal, diversion prevention, management of the effects of the use of opioids, treatment of opioid use disorder and reducing opioid overdoses.

Health system pharmacists often lead these efforts and have many vital roles to play in opioid stewardship. This toolkit presents examples of opioid stewardship initiatives that Wisconsin pharmacists have implemented along with supporting evidence, curated information about resources and tools. 

The toolkit was co-developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Sonderegger Research Center and pharmacist colleagues from Fort HealthCare in collaboration with pharmacists from several health systems across the state, PearlRx and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.

Click here to view the toolkit. See below for the Opioid Stewardship Podcast Series

To access this podcast with closed captioning and an accompanying transcript, please click here.