UMKC Health Sciences District Research Council Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

The UMKC Health Sciences District is full of great minds working on significant projects. On Monday, October 22, physicians, nurses, researchers and professors met at the Diastole Scholars’ Center to share their ideas and research about how to curb the national opioid epidemic.

Moderated by Paula Monaghan-Nichols, Ph.D., Chair of Biomedical Sciences at the UMKC School of Medicine and Chair of the Health Sciences District Research Council, the goal of the discussion was to reach across specialties and share ideas.

A Truman Medical Centers surgeon shared how his department had not only eliminated opioids from post-surgery protocol, but had done so while increasing patient satisfaction with the healing process.

A physician from Children’s Mercy Hospital discussed research about provider prescribing habits of opioids in the Emergency Department.

And a UMKC School of Pharmacy professor talked about how scientists are formulating new forms of opioid drug alternatives.