Opioids: Professionals

We value our partnerships with Wisconsin’s public health and human services workforce. These collaborations are critical to ending Wisconsin’s opioid crisis. Select the professional category that best suits your work for tools to prevent misuse, provide quality treatment and recovery services, and reduce death and harm.

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First responders

Information for professionals who respond to opioid overdoses.

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Pharmacists

Information for professionals who dispense opioids.


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Prescribers

Information for professionals who prescribe opioids.

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Prevention specialists

Information for professionals who provide prevention-related services.


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Treatment providers

Information for professionals who provide treatment for opioid use disorder.

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Tribal, county, municipal workers

Information for professionals who manage or support tribal, county, and municipal programs related to public health and human services.


HIPPA and the opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has released new guidance explaining when HIPAA permits health care providers and other covered entities to share a patient’s health information with loved ones and others involved in a patient’s care in these situations.

The guidance explains:

  • Providers can share information with an individual patient's loved ones in certain emergency or dangerous situations, such as when the patient is in a crisis and incapacitated, or is facing a serious and imminent threat of harm.
  • Patients with decision-making capacity retain their right to decide when and whether their information will be shared, unless there is a serious and imminent threat of harm.
  • Patients' personal representatives, who have authority under state law to make health care decisions for patients, may request and obtain information on behalf of patients.

View the guidance.

 

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Last Revised: August 22, 2019