ACMS supports the safe disposal of prescription drugs through our local county’s drug-take-back sites. We also partner with the Arlington Addiction Recovery Initiative (AARI) by distributing home deactivation kits to our member physicians to give to their patients when they prescribe opioids. Physicians who are interested in receiving a supply of kits, please contact:
With the evolved requirements and complexities of healthcare practice, increased workloads to meet goals and metrics, challenge of patient satisfaction, intense professional, financial and personal stress and moral injury, physicians have the highest suicide rates of any profession in the US. We have been shocked and saddened by the passing of (too) many of our colleagues here in Arlington and DC Metro Area. Prevention is a complicated process of assessment, treatment and management.
With DC being one of thirteen high human/sex trafficking cities in the country and the state of Virginia ranked at #10, trafficking is happening in our communities. Physicians, you may see these patients in your offices, emergency rooms or operating rooms and not even recognize it. We partner with Just Ask Prevention to educate healthcare professionals to identify, take action and to prevent human/sex trafficking in our neighborhood and beyond.
The single most important predictor of adverse drug events (ADEs) is the number of drugs being prescribed to a patient. Polypharmacy is defined as the simultaneous use of 5 or more medications by a single individual. Polypharmacy leads to 2/3 of older adult visits to emergency rooms. It increases likelihood of nursing home (NH) placement, poor level of function, higher mortality, and higher hospitalization rates.