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ProMedica Launches Program to Eliminate Opioid Abuse

April 20, 2017

Nearly four people die every day in Ohio from the misuse of prescription opioids, leading to calls from state and community leaders for more to be done to address what is now commonly referred to as the state’s most significant public health concern. ProMedica, the largest health system in northwest Ohio, has accepted the challenge and launched a new education program for physicians aimed at helping to end this state epidemic. 

ProMedica has partnered with the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) to offer Smart Rx – Safe Medicine and Responsible Treatment. Smart Rx is an hour-long online training program and public awareness campaign that brings medical professionals up to date on Ohio’s opioid prescribing rules and regulations, best practices for treating pain, and tips for patients on how to appropriately handle and dispose of dangerous prescription drugs. 

“Our primary goal is to save lives,” said James North, MD, director of medical operations for ProMedica Physicians. “As healthcare professionals, we value our patients and the communities we serve. We are compelled to do more to eliminate a problem that threatens everyone. The opioid epidemic is a significant issue across the country and across Ohio and we aren’t immune to it in northwest Ohio. Smart Rx is part of our commitment to do more.” 

The OSMA, the state’s largest physician-led organization with 16,000 members, started Smart Rx in 2015. It is the only statewide program of its type, featuring three interactive training modules and professional development credits. The program is available to any medical professional and more than a half dozen health systems have partnered with the OSMA to deliver the training directly to their employees. The Ohio program has been copied by several other state’s seeking to provide similar training opportunities for physicians elsewhere. 

“Smart Rx is a tool that allows physicians and other healthcare professionals to confidently assume the role of solution bearers for a problem that has negatively impacted the practice of medicine and our communities,” said OSMA CEO Todd Baker. “Our goal is for Smart Rx to be an on-demand resource proven to help physicians improve their opioid prescribing habits and assure fewer people become addicted to these dangerous drugs.” 

For more information about Smart Rx, please visit or email Reginald Fields.

The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) is dedicated to empowering physicians, residents and medical students to advocate on behalf of their patients and profession. The OSMA is the largest and oldest statewide physician-led association in Ohio. We are affiliated nationally with the American Medical Association and locally with county medical societies.

ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The 12-hospital system has more than 15,000 employees, nearly 2,100 physicians and advanced practice providers with privileges, and more than 800 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Additionally it offers a health plan, Paramount, which serves 331,000 members including more than 230,000 members in the statewide Medicaid plan. Driven by its Mission to improve your health and well-being, ProMedica offers a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in areas such as emergency medicine and trauma, behavioral health, heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women’s and children’s services. The health system has been nationally recognized for its advocacy programs and efforts to raise awareness about hunger as a health issue. For more information about ProMedica, please visit


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