Ohio Academy of Family Physicians President-Elect Ryan Kauffman, MD, met with officials from the Ohio Attorney General (AG) Mike DeWine’s office on February 10 to discuss the opioid prescribing problem from the physician perspective. Officials from the AG’s office included Jonathan Blanton, chief of the consumer protection section, and Amy O’Grady, director of criminal justice initiatives.
The AG’s office reached out to the OAFP asking that we set up a meeting with a family physician who could speak to the origins of the “Pain as a Fifth Vital Sign” movement and provide historical context to prescribing opioids for chronic pain. A second meeting with Ted Wymyslo, MD, is pending.
These meetings may result in some important, future continuing medical education opportunities.
Thank you, Dr. Kauffman, for making the trip to Columbus, OH to open these important lines of communication with law enforcement.
For more information on opioid prescribing guidelines, please visit the OAFP website.