The Opioid Crisis: Hospital Prevention and Response — Part I of III

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A three-part webinar series.

Start Time:12:00 AM
End Time:12:00 AM
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Wednesday, April 3
10 - 11 a.m.

Register on or before Tuesday, April 2, to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

This complimentary webinar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals thanks to a generous contribution from the MHA Management Services Corporation.

If you are unable to participate in the live event, all registrants will be emailed a link to the webinar recording.


health care leadership and practitioners, LCSWs, LPCs, and community-based agencies serving patients with opioid use disorder

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Hospitals play a key role in the health care industry’s response to the opioid crisis. Prescribed opioids following an injury or medical procedure often are the source of early opioid misuse preceding opioid use disorder. Hospitals serve as the main site of care for people experiencing opioid-related health problems once they engage in opioid misuse. Patients, especially disadvantaged  and at-risk populations with limited resources and complex social needs are more prone to  substantial risk factors for opioid use disorders and often seek treatment or rescue in the emergency department.

Physicians, nurses and other health care practitioners are uniquely positioned to address opioid use in Missouri communities. Prevention is critical and includes changed opioid prescribing practices and a myriad of preventive practices to change the trajectory of the opioid crisis. Preventive practices will be presented including: limiting supply; identifying and treating patients who may be at risk for opioid misuse, abuse and overdose; educating patients on potential risks associated with opioid use; participation in a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; and collaborating closely with community efforts.


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • examine how hospitals can combat the opioid crisis by forming multi-sector partnerships
  • discuss opioid prescribing practices and recent amendments to better align with national standards
  • explore alternatives to opioids when treating patients suffering from chronic pain
  • discuss the importance of integrating a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program into standard patient triage protocols
  • examine statewide initiatives supporting opioid overdose rescue efforts


Shawn Billings
Director of Substance Use Programming
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City, Mo.

Shawn Billings currently serves as the director for substance use programming for the Missouri Hospital Association. Previously, Billings was employed as a treatment court administrator for the 31st and 39th Judicial Circuits for Missouri state courts. He has more than 10 years of experience managing local, state and federally funded programs to enhance and expand behavioral health treatment services for high-risk and high-need populations in both rural and urban settings. Throughout his career, he has served as adjunct faculty at Drury University teaching in the behavioral sciences and business administration departments. In addition, he also has served as an elected Alderman in Battlefield, Mo., and as a federal grant peer reviewer for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Billings has a Masters in Science in criminology and criminal justice from Drury University and holds a certification in Court Management from the National Center for State Courts.

Tiffany Bowman
Opioid Project Manager
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City, Mo.

Tiffany Bowman has worked in the field of substance use and prevention for more than 15 years. Currently, Bowman serves as opioid project manager at the Missouri Hospital Association, with a concentrated focus on neonatal abstinence syndrome and subsequent maternal and neonatal care. Much of her previous work has centered on tobacco cessation, clean indoor air, and campus tobacco policy in urban and rural settings. In addition, Bowman spent the last seven years addressing wellness and risky health behaviors among college students at the University of Missouri – Wellness Resource Center. Bowman holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Missouri, a Missouri Advanced Prevention Specialist certification and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the school of social work at the University of Missouri.