The Nicholson Foundation has launched a statewide initiative to help primary care providers better treat chronic pain and reduce their over-reliance on prescription opioids. The New Jersey Pain Care Collaborative (the Collaborative) connects local physicians with nationally recognized experts to learn new techniques for treating chronic pain instead of relying primarily on prescription opioids. To treat their patients who are already opioid-dependent, the Collaborative also increases physicians’ expertise and confidence in using buprenorphine, an FDA-approved medication for managing opioid dependence.
Twenty-nine providers from 20 healthcare practices across New Jersey will participate in the initiative at its launch. By supporting the integration of behavioral health and primary care, the Collaborative builds on previous Nicholson-funded projects to improve care for vulnerable populations in New Jersey. Enhancing the ability of primary care providers to manage substance use disorders will help to reduce costs of care and improve overall health outcomes.