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Opioid Prescribing in Older Adults

Read the Opioid Prescribing in Older Adults Report

Opioid overuse poses challenges for all populations and especially for adults over 65 years of age due to psychological changes from aging causing individuals to have less predictable responses and specific risks such as from falls. Opioid use also increases the risk of hospitalization and emergency department use for those over 65 and with a significant increase nationally in opioid misuse and inpatient care use coinciding with the opioid epidemic. This workgroup met from December 2020 to July 2022.

Past Meeting Materials

Date Materials
December 16 Agenda December 16
Draft Charter and Roster
January 13 Agenda January 13
Minutes December 16
Bree priorities opioids older adults-21-0115
March 10 Agenda March 10
Minutes January 13
ROL opioid and older adult and acute postop
April 14 Agenda April 14
Minutes March 10
Acute Opioid Prescribing Draft
May 12 Agenda May 12
Minutes April 14
Draft Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
June 9 Agenda June 9
Minutes May 12
July 14 Agenda July 14
Minutes June 9
August 11 Agenda August 11
Minutes July 14
September 8 Agenda September 8
Minutes August 11
October 13 Agenda October 13
Minutes September 8
December 8 Agenda December 8
Minutes October 13
January 12 Agenda January 12
Minutes December 8
February 9 Agenda February 9
Minutes January 12
Opioid Draft Summary Presentation Slides
April 13 Agenda April 13
Minutes February 9
Opioid Draft Recommendations 4/13
July 20 Agenda July 20
Minutes April 13
Opioid Draft Recommendations for Public Comment
Public Comment Review Chart



Workgroup Members

Name Title Organization
Gary Franklin, MD, MPH (Co-chair)
Jason Fodeman, MD
Jaymie Mai, PharmD
Medical Director
Assistant Medical Director
Pharmacy Manager
WA Department of Labor and Industries
Darcy Jaffe, MN, ARNP, NE-BC, FACHE (Co-chair) Senior Vice President, Safety & Quality WA Hospital Association
Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD (Co-chair) Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Washington
Judy Zerzan-Thul, MD, MPH (Co-chair) Chief Medical Officer WA Health Care Authority
Carla Ainsworth, MD, MPH Provider Iora Primary Care – Central District
Rose Bigham Patient Advocate  
Denise Boudreau, PhD, RPh, MS Senior Scientific Investigator Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Siobhan Brown, MPH, CPH, CHES
Yusuf Rashid, RPh
Senior Analyst, Health Systems Innovation
VP of Pharmacy and Vendor Relationship Management
Community Health Plan of Washington
Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP, FAANP Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner University of Washington / Seattle Pacific University
Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Oregon Health Sciences University
James Floyd, MD Internal Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine
Nancy Fisher, MD Ex Officio Member  
Debra Gordon, RN, DNP, FAAN Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine
Shelly Gray, PharmD School of Pharmacy University of Washington
Blake Maresh, MPA, CMBE Deputy Director, Office of Health Professions Washington State Department of Health
Wayne McCormick, MD Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine University of Washington
Kushang Patel, MD Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine University of Washington
Elizabeth Phelan, MD Department of Geriatrics University of Washington
Dawn Shuford-Pavlich Home and Community Services Division Department of Social and Health Services
Angela Sparks, MD Medical Director Clinical Knowledge Development & Support Kaiser Permanente Washington
Gina Wolf, DC Chiropractor Wolf Chiropractic Clinic