Opioid Prescribing in Older Adults

Upcoming Meetings

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/3598179708
Phone Number:1 720 707 2699 US
Meeting ID: 359 817 9708

Date Time Materials
Wednesday, January 13 3:00 – 4:30pm Agenda January 13
Minutes December 16
AMDG Guidelines Older Adults Excerpt
Proposed Focus Areas Slides


Opioid overuse poses challenges for all populations and especially for adults over 65 years of age. In older adults, psychological changes from aging can cause individuals to have less predictable responses to opioids and an increased likelihood of certain risks, such as falling, as a result of side effects.  Opioid use also increases the risk of hospitalization and emergency department use for those over 65. There has been a significant increase nationally in opioid misuse and inpatient care coinciding with the opioid epidemic. The workgroup started meeting in December 2020.

Previous Meeting Materials

Date Materials
December 16 Agenda December 16
Bree Slides
Charter and Roster Draft
AHRQ Older Adults Opioids Techbrief Abstract
Conflict of Interest Form
OPMA Training Roster

Workgroup Members

Name Title Organization
Gary Franklin, MD, MPH (Co-chair) Medical Director Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Darcy Jaffe, MN, ARNP, NE-BC, FACHE (Co-chair) Senior Vice President, Safety & Quality Washington State 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 Washington State Health Care Authority
Carla Ainsworth, MD, MPH Provider Iora Primary Care – Central District
Denise Boudreau, PhD, RPh, MS Senior Scientific Investigator Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Siobhan Brown, MPH, CPH, CHES Senior Analyst, Health Systems Innovation Community Health Plan of Washington
Pam 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
Nancy Fisher, MD Ex Officio Member
Jason Fodeman, MD Associate Medical Director Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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
Jaymie Mai, PharmD Pharmacy Manager Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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
Yusuf Rashid, RPh VP of Pharmacy and Vendor Relationship Management Community Health Plan 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