About the talk:

In the United States, the opioid crisis has claimed over 100,000 deaths more so than motor vehicle accidents. Given that US veterans are at twice the risk for a drug-related overdose death, US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) urgently implemented strategies to address this growing crisis. Academic detailing, a peer-to-peer educational outreach designed to align providers with evidence-based practice, was implemented to update VA providers to adhere current pain management guidelines and increase access to harm reduction therapy. This presentation summarizes the implementation and program evaluations of VA academic detailing program on opioid-related outcomes.

About the speaker:

Mark Bounthavong, PharmD, PhD is the National Clinical Program Manager for the VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Academic Detailing Services and Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is also a health economist at the VA Health Economics Resource Center. Mark has studied the impact of academic detailing on veterans since 2016, and he is currently working to understand the distributional justice of naloxone distribution in the US.

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