POWER OF PUTNAM-TENNESSEE TECH COLLABORATIVE, Year Two

In 2020, Power of Putnam, Inc. (PoP), in collaboration with the Addiction Prevention & Support Project at Tennessee Tech University (TTU), received an Opioid Resource Grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation to launch a community-wide awareness campaign to reduce diversion and insure safe disposal of medications being prescribed initially for use by animals. We are honored to receive another Opioid Resource Grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation for 2021, which, among other things, allows us to offer this course free-of-charge. This year, we are offering the Controlled Substance Diversion in Veterinary Medicine: Policy, Strategy, & Ethics to veterinarians and veterinary technicians throughout the state of Tennessee, and we are very excited to announce that the course has been approved for Continuing Education (CE) credit in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia!

PoP and TTU are using their unique resources to develop and launch this awareness campaign to address the diversion of controlled substances by pet owners in Tennessee and all eight neighboring states. Over the past decade, our region has been hit especially hard by the opioid epidemic. Not only have prescription medicines been diverted from human medical practices, but also evidence suggests that it has been diverted from veterinary practices as well. Fighting this opioid epidemic requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. We are offering this course to create greater awareness of the diversion of veterinary medicine.

ABOUT US

PoP is a coalition of community agencies and individuals who are concerned about the issue of substance abuse in Putnam County, TN. It seeks to unite the community in the implementation of research based environmental prevention strategies to prevent and lessen the progression of substance abuse. Founded in 2003 by citizens of Putnam County, PoP has engaged in countless substance abuse education and prevention strategies. In 2009, it became incorporated as a non-profit and obtained 501c3 status. TTU is a public, state university founded in 1915 with over 10,000 students, nearly 91% of whom are from Tennessee and, among Tennesseans, approximately 40% are from counties in the Upper-Cumberland area. Additionally, TTU has an active student organization focusing on drug addiction, including addiction to opioids and prescription pain medications, Addiction and Recovery Awareness @ TTU.

PoP has been on the forefront of local, regional and statewide efforts to reduce opiate misuse since 2012.  Many of PoP’s strategies have been recognized as best practices. These include ongoing CME trainings for all prescribers on the fundamentals of addiction, full community coverage of permanent dropbox locations and availability of in home secured med boxes, development of a medical subcoalition to promote responsible prescribing practices, Narcan deployment in every law enforcement vehicle and an active recovery destigmatization project called “Your Life Matters”   However, we feel there are populations in our area that are underserved by our existing programs. Therefore, we are extending our education and prevention initiatives, specifically to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, pet owners, pharmacies and others who prescribe and handle animal controlled substance prescriptions. 

TTU is a public, state university founded in 1915 with over 10,000 students, nearly 91% of whom are from Tennessee and, among Tennesseans, approximately 40% are from counties in the Upper-Cumberland area. It has a number of programs that address substance use disorder and an active student organization focusing on drug addiction, including addiction to opioids and prescription pain medications, Addiction and Recovery Awareness @ TTU. The Addiction Prevention & Support Project was created via a Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration grant. It focuses on substance abuse prevention outreach campaigns on the TTU campus, within the Putnam County community, and throughout the region. Additionally, it provides people in active recovery from substance abuse with life skills training and an online recovery community.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Controlled Substance Diversion in Veterinary Medicine: Policy, Strategy, & Ethics is a two (2) hour continuing education course. The course will provide an overview of reporting requirements for veterinarians prescribing controlled medication for animals, previous research on the diversion of pet medications, and human prescription drug abuse, as well as training in the use of Narcan nasal spray used for reversing opioid overdose.

The course is completely online and free-of-charge. It consists of six modules, five brief quizzes, and an exit survey. The modules are as follows:

Module One: Video Lecture: Introduction & Overview of Abuse & Misuse of Controlled Substances of Prescribed to Animals (Mr. Bill Gibson)

Quiz #1

Module Two: Video Lecture: Research on Prescription Diversion in Veterinary Medicine (Dr. Steven Seiler)

Quiz #2

Module Three: Video Lecture: : Overview of Prescription Reporting Requirements for Veterinarians & Ethical Challenges (Dr. Steven Seiler)

Quiz #3

Module Four: Video Lecture: Understanding Drug Abuse & Addiction (Dr. Mark Loftis)

Quiz #4

Module Five: Introduction to the Use & Application of Naloxone for Overdose Reversal (Ms. Suzanne Angel)

Quiz #5

Module Six: Conclusion (Mr. Bill Gibson)

Exit Survey

The course was created by faculty at Tennessee Tech University and the Director of Power of Putnam, and it is available for CE credit to veterinarians and veterinary technicians throughout the state of Tennessee as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. Specifically, in the State of Virginia, the course is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians, which, in accordance with 18VAC150-20-70, qualifies it for CE credit. Additionally, the following state boards have approved this course for CE credit:

Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
Arkansas Department of Agriculture Veterinary Medical Examining Board
Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine
Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners
Mississippi Board of Veterinary Medicine
Missouri Veterinary Medical Board
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

REGISTERING FOR THE COURSE

To register for the Controlled Substance Diversion in Veterinary Medicine: Policy, Strategy, & Ethics (2-hour) continuing education course, please complete the following registration form:

https://forms.gle/G6c1jRuwFmeAyn1GA

Within a week of submitting the registration form, you will receive an email from d2lsupport@ttueprd.brightspace.com with the course website and login information.

The course will close on December 31, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Dr. Steven Seiler (sseiler@tntech.edu) or Bill Gibson (bill@powerofputnam.org).