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EMS Tips – Opioid Declaration Renewed – Pain Assessment

1. Opioid Public Health Emergency Declaration Renewed

FierceHealthcare reports “The Trump administration has renewed the declaration that officially categorized the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency shortly before it was set to expire.”

Since declaring the the public health emergency in October there has been little to no action from the Trump administration.

“Although the administration has pledged to make combating the opioid crisis a priority and despite calls for additional funding, the White House wants to cut the budget for its drug policy office by 95%, FierceHealthcare reported last week. Trump has more than once called for funding cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.”

Trump doesn’t understand addiction.

2. Pain assessment tips

Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss pain assessment on the Inside EMS podcast. Listen to their tips on physiological signs and documentation.

3. Youth sports – what matters for kids?

Millions of kids play sports in the U.S. Millions of parents make the experience for those kids miserable. It doesn’t have to be that way. Changing the Game Project explores the success of the U.S. Hockey Athlete Development Model.

“The new finish line was focused on enjoyment, development, and increased participation. It worried less about childhood achievement and more about developing lifelong hockey players. They knew that more players, who were technically proficient, would allow the cream to rise to the top, instead of the current model in many sports where we throw a bunch of eggs against a wall and hope one doesn’t break.”

Participation is increasing and U.S. Hockey is achieving new levels of success at the highest levels of international competition. 



By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.