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May 1, 2014 The Pendulum Swings: A Rational Approach to Narcotic Prescribing in the ED David J. Adinaro MD, MAEd, FACEP Chief, Emergency Medicine, SJRMC.

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1 May 1, 2014 The Pendulum Swings: A Rational Approach to Narcotic Prescribing in the ED David J. Adinaro MD, MAEd, FACEP Chief, Emergency Medicine, SJRMC President, NJ-ACEP

2 @NJACEP (#NJACEP2014) Facebook (NJ-ACEP Page) NJEmergencyDocs.com (blog)

3 Review the history and current state of prescription abuse Define some of the patient challenges in pain management in the ED Present a rational approach to prescribing narcotics in the ED

4 I have no financial relationships to report regarding the medications discussed (or any medications for that matter) HOWEVER….

5 I am a prescriber of narcotics…. One year thru March 2014 Cared for 2,700 patients 318 scripts for CDS (down from 390 year prior) Averaged 18 pills per script (19 year prior)

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7 Higher Potency/Longer Acting 30mg Oxycodone (2) Morphine 15mg (1) Dilaudid 2mg (2) Oxycontin 20mg (1)

8 AND a patient who has received narcotic pain medication… Winter of MVC Femur Fracture Surgery x 4

9 Demerol Morphine (Yuck) Percocet

10 Summer of 2013 “El Diablo” 4mm distal UVJ stone Oxycodone 5mg/ 325mg APAP (#20)

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14 Cure Sometimes. Treat Often. Comfort Always. - Hippocrates

15 The 5 th Vital Sign Term introduced in the mid-90s Codified by Joint Commission to be routinely measured

16 The 5 th Vital Sign Term introduced in the mid-90s Codified by Joint Commission to be routinely measured Median Pain Score in ED is 8

17 The Pharmaceuticals Culminated in heavy advertising by physicians to physicians for Oxycontin By 2001 was a $1B drug Eventually FDA found manufacturer had engaged in misleading and dangerous advertising

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19 And still….Concerns of Oligoanesthesia in the ED persist. Racial disparities Age disparities (elderly) CMS timing of pain meds for long bone fractures

20 Is this an ED Problem? We make up 2-5% of all narcotics prescribed and filled We generally prescribe only doses of the lowest strengths

21 Is this an ED Problem? A significant number of our patients are “at-risk” Most EPs feel at least once a shift they are being manipulated for drugs

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23 Used to be which chest pain patient can be sent home safely Now it is who really needs pain medication!

24 Diversion False names, false addresses, no actual medical complaint Multiple Visits for Acute Conditions Toothaches, traumatic injuries, visceral organ pain Chronic Pain from non-specific conditions Migraines, Low Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Lyme disease, etc. C1-Esterase Deficiency Chronic Pain 2 nd to specific medical condition Gamut from SCD, Gastroparesis, Chronic pain after surgery Headaches 2 nd to Brain Aneurysm, Recurrent Renal Colic Pseudo-Addicted Addicted

25 Pseudo-Addiction A drug seeking behavior that simulates true addiction, which occurs in patients with pain who are receiving inadequate pain medication Notoriously hard to distinguish from addiction

26 Logan et al. Medical Care. August 2013 Survey of 400,000 insurance enrollees who received a narcotic prescription in the ED 10.3% had indicators putting patient “at- risk” Majority had high daily dose (> 100 MME) 5mg oxycodone = 7.5 MME 5mg hydrocodone = 5MME

27 Logan et al. Medical Care. August 2013 Survey of 400,000 insurance enrollees who received a narcotic prescription in the ED 10.3% had indicators putting patient “at- risk” Majority had high daily dose (> 100 MME) 5mg oxycodone = 7.5 MME 5mg hydrocodone = 5MME

28 Wilsey et al, Pain Medicine 2008 Psychological Co-morbidities among patients in chronic pain presenting to the ED 81% of 113 patients showed propensity for prescription opioid abuse

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30 Balance benefits of prescribing narcotics with small but very real risks of abuse and addiction that lead to significant morbidity and mortality Use all data available in identifying “at-risk” patients Develop institutional guidelines to promote consistent care Continue to insist on appropriate access to primary and specialty care for our patients

31 While continuing to provide: Life saving care to the critically ill and injured. Complex evaluations of high risk patients with undifferentiated complaints. Provide access for un-/underinsured patients without alternatives. Meet our institutions’ patient satisfaction aspirations!

32 544 patients, 38 EPs Fair agreement between clinical impression and PMP Defined “drug seeking” by PMP data as: 4 or greater prescriptions from 4 or greater providers Over 12 months

33 A ssociated with “drug seeking” by PMP data: Requesting meds by name Multiple visits for same complaint Suspicious history Symptoms out of proportion to exam NOT AGE, GENDER, SPECIFIC ETHNICITY

34 PMP changed management in 9.5% 6.5% received unplanned narcotics 3.0% did not receive planned narcotics

35 180 patients Excluded those with acute injuries or appeared acutely ill or injured Probable bias in enrollment

36 Most patients high use of narcotics? 0 – 128 scripts (average 18) PMP resulted in change in likelihood of prescribing narcotics in 41% 2/3 the likelihood decreased 1/3 it increased

37 Effect of a ED Guideline (for prescribing Opioids to chronic opioid patients) on visits and CDS prescriptions for dental pain. Absolute decrease of 17% in those receiving narcotic script Associated decrease in dental pain visits

38 15 patients averaging 19 visits per year without significant comorbities (cancer, renal colic, SCD) All had PCPs Emphasis was on more appropriate rescue meds from PCPs

39 Did not receive parenteral narcotics in ED Decreased to average of 2 visits per year 7 weaned off narcotics 4 converted to methadone 1 to fentanyl patch PCP visits also markedly decreased

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42 Use the PMP consistently to screen for “at- risk” behavior when: Multiple “recent” ED visits Exacerbation of chronic pain Patient requests medications by name Allergies to multiple alternative medicines Not from typical catchment area Prescribing LA opioids for non-cancerous pain

43 When PMP data suggests “at-risk” behavior share concerns with patient and negotiate no CDS prescription vs. smallest amount possible

44 If pseudo addiction suspected coordinate closely with PMD Arrange appropriate follow up Use best judgment in terms of prescribing CDS

45 When prescribing narcotics: Screen for substance abuse as needed Emphasize risks to patient Encourage safe disposal of left over medication

46 When prescribing narcotics: Continue to use short-acting formulations Generally limit amounts to five days Strongly consider alternatives in patients already taking benzodiazepines

47 When prescribing narcotics: When practical avoid parenteral medications for exacerbations of chronic pain Have a higher threshold for certain conditions including dental pain, sprain

48 When prescribing narcotics: Establish intra-departmental protocols for the most common conditions Add tools to your tool box Alternative therapies Dental blocks

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50 BLOG:Anatomy of a Super ER (PatersonER.com )


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