The Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS) is extremely concerned about the impact that opioid addiction has on the community and subsequently has developed several resources to help educate physicians and patients to help them navigate the growing opioid epidemic. This website contains some of these resources. PBCMS also advocates on behalf of Palm Beach County physicians and patients to ensure that opioid-related legislation takes a common sense, patient centered approach.

What are opioids?

Opioids (oh-pee-oyds) are powerful pain relievers your doctor can prescribe to manage acute and chronic pain. If you misuse opioids or do not take them correctly, they can cause overdose and even death.

How do opioids work?

Opioids block pain signals in the brain. Many opioids are available in short- and long-acting forms. Opioids change the chemistry of the brain and lead to drug tolerance, which means that over time the dose needs to be increased to achieve the same effect. Opioid addiction can cause life-threatening health problems, including the risk of overdose. Overdose occurs when high doses of opioids cause breathing to slow or stop, leading to unconsciousness and death if the overdose is not treated immediately. Both legal and illegal (ie. heroin, carfentanil) opioids carry a risk of overdose if a person takes too much of the drug, or if opioids are combined with other drugs (particularly tranquilizers called benzodiazepines). 

Interviews with physicians regarding their personal experiences with addiction and recovery.  

Local physician tells his story about his road to recovery. October 2021

Dr. Brent Schillinger and Dr. Abbey Strauss interviewing Dr. Richard Morgan speaking about his personal experiences suffering from opioid use disorder and his subsequent recovery journey.  Dr. R Morgan, My Addiction and Recovery July 2021  

Peter Grinspoon, MD His Addiction and Recovery March 2021 

A Physician Speaks About His Own Addiction and His On-Going Recovery  Sean Fogler, M.D., discusses his history and recovery. Dr. Folger addresses key mental health needs for physicians, professional attributes that can impede recovery, stigma, personal connections, how he maintains recovery, addiction as a disease, etc., all done with sincerity, candor and hope. Jan 2021   

Opioid Podcasts  

New Release 

Hiring Recovering Physicians with Steve Chambers, MD Dec 2021

Buprenorphine in the Perioperative Period with Lynn Kohan MD Nov 2021

The Strategy of High Dose Buprenorphine in the Emergency Room Setting with Andrew Herring, MD Nov 2021

Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy, Special Dilemmas with Kay Roussos Ross, MD June 2021  

Physical Therapist Jeffrey Frankart New Opioid Minimizing Approaches to Pain Management. April 2021  

Drug Use Screening SBIRT with Bertha Madras, MD, Brent Schillinger, MD and Abby Strauss, MD Nov 2020  

Robert Stutman "Opioid use Disorder and COVID-19" June 2020

Opioid Addiction Treatment Resources

Addiction Treatment Center Checklist

Opioid Addiction Treatment:  A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends

What to do if your adult friend or loved one has a problem with drugs

National Institute on Drug Abuse 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Opioid Crisis – Palm Beach County’s Response

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
A Step-By-Step Guide for Screening and Intervening for Unhealthy Alcohol and Other Drug Use 

Palm Beach County Medical Society/HERC Opioid Task Force presented an Opioid CME Educational Program for Physicians on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Below are presentations from the program.

Collaboration with Pharmacists on Pain Management.pdf Erin Dorval, PharmD

Opioid Use Disorder OUD.pdf Aldo Morales, MD