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The Opioid Epidemic: Panhandle Response

Training Opportunities

Narcan Training

Increase Access to Naloxone

Partnering with Pharmacies, Law Enforcement and Fire Departments to increase the availability of naloxone across the Panhandle. We know this is a strategy that saves lives. 


Medication Assisted Treatment in the Panhandle

Addiction is a Neurological Disease. MAT services are effective to treat addition acting as a guide to a full recovery for a self-directed life.


Medication Disposal

Dispose of your leftover medications at one of the safe and legal no cost disposal sites across the Panhandle.


Safe Storage of Prescription Medications

Partnering with agencies and health systems across the Panhandle to increase knowledge on how and why to safely store prescription medications.



Advanced Methamphetamine Training

June 23, 2021

10 am - 12 pm Mountain Time

Training Objectives:

  • Overview of meth, slang terms and history
  • How meth affects the brain/neuroplasticity
  • Physical versus mental/emotional addiction
  • Long term use complications
  • In-home services and how to spot a meth addiction
  • Where drugs are kept in the home
  • Family of origin work for a meth addict

Contact Nicole at nberosek@pphd.org to register for the training.

Nebraska Pain Management Guidance Document

A provider and Community Resource.  Promotes consistent, safe, and effective management standards for Nebraska prescribers.  It includes information on treating acute pain, chronic pain, non-opioid options for pain treatment, treating pain in special populations, and opioid tapering/discontinuation.  An educational training video on the DHHS website complements the content of this document to assist in training Nebraska’s providers in safe pain management.


Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Access

The Nebraska Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a unique statewide tool that collects dispensed prescription medication information and is housed on the Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform. The Nebraska PDMP is a public health model focusing on patient safety. In order to facilitate provisioning and other registration processes for the Nebraska PDMP, DHHS has moved to an online form to improve efficiency.


Media Campaigns

Increase awareness that prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous.  To decrease the number of individuals who use opioids recreationally or overuse them.


Nebraska’s Legislative Response

Addresses prescription opioid abuse by adopting and strengthening an electronic prescription drug monitoring program; relaxing rules for administering life-saving, overdose reversing drugs; and granting immunity from prosecution for drug crimes related to individuals who call for help during an apparent overdose.