The Safe Prescriber Pledge is another step in the right direction for prescribers to join in on the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Staten Island, NY [April 2, 2019] – Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) is excited to announce the launch of the Safe Prescriber Pledge campaign with the kickoff meeting on April 10th at 6:30-8:00 pm at the Williamson Theatre at the College of Staten Island. The kickoff meeting will have presentations from the Executive Director of SI PPS, Dr. Joseph Conte, local elected officials and representatives, and a keynote from District Attorney Michael McMahon. The meeting will spark the beginning of a borough-wide initiative to get all prescribers on Staten Island to take the Safe Prescriber Pledge. The pledge consists of 9 core elements. Medical professionals who sign the pledge are adopting practices that ensure safe prescribing of potentially addictive medicines.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 75% of people who go on to develop a substance use disorder start with medication prescribed to them by their primary care provider. By making the community aware of the risks of prescribing opioid pain medications and engaging practitioners to follow safe pain medication prescribing guidelines, it will reduce the reliance on opioid medication that is the root cause of addiction.

“We want to create an open dialogue and mutual accountability about the risks associated with opioid prescribing and pain control,” said Dr. Joseph Conte, Executive Director of SI PPS. He added, “The meeting will have an educational component for providers underscoring safe prescribing practices and also highlight the critical role they play in safeguarding their patients and families”. Local elected officials, public health experts, and clinicians will participate in this program and prescribers will be asked to sign the pledge and join in the fight against the opioid epidemic in our community. “The goal is for every provider who prescribes pain control, irrespective of specialty, to be an active participant in the Safe Prescriber Pledge.” said Dr. Salvatore Volpe, Chief Medical Officer of SI PPS.

“We’ve seen far too often how one prescription can lead to a life-threatening addiction—which is why this Safe Prescriber Pledge, and all the efforts to bring more education and resources to the table, will have an impact on turning the tides of this public health crisis,” said New York Congressman Max Rose. “We truly need all hands on deck, and I’m proud to be a part of this comprehensive effort.”

Staten Island PPS has incorporated the Safe Prescriber Pledge into their overall opioid strategy, which includes initiatives in treatment, proactive overdose prevention, expanding support for our provider community and efforts like the District Attorney’s Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (HOPE) Program, MAT Learning Collaborative, Certified Peer Recovery Advocates, and more.