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Reducing prescription opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction in your practice can prove to be challenging. This may be due to a lack of tools at your disposal or conflicting interpretations of guidelines that are already available.

It’s important to hone in on the materials that can aid you most with particular patients and their situations. Here, you can gain access to resources in 4 key areas: Identification, Management, Patient Education, Practice Education


Identify The first step toward a solution is to identify your patients who may be at risk for misuse, abuse, or addiction.
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
    Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
    Check recent prescribing data for your patients to identify questionable behavior.
    ACCESS YOUR STATE’S PDMP
  • How Can the PDMP Help?
    How Can the PDMP Help?
    Dr. Daniel P. Alford explains how the PDMP can help identify when a patient obtains multiple prescriptions.
  • 1-Minute Risk Screener
    1-Minute Risk Screener
    Use this quick opioid risk assessment tool to assess risk for opioid misuse among your patients.
    VIEW PDF
  • SCOPE Podcast Series
    SCOPE Podcast Series
    SCOPE of Pain micro-cases podcast episodes detail challenges commonly faced by clinicians and deliver clinical pearls in 4 minutes or less.
    LISTEN HERE

Manage It’s crucial to tailor your approach to each of your identified at-risk patients and build a safe treatment plan.
  • CDC Prescribing Guidelines
    CDC Prescribing Guidelines
    Read the full CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids published in 2016.
    VISIT SITE
  • Search and Rescue Fact Sheet
    Search and Rescue Fact Sheet
    Key tools and resources to help you understand and reduce opioid misuse.
    VIEW PDF
  • Non-Opioid Alternatives for Pain
    Non-Opioid Alternatives for Pain
    Explore new treatments to offer your patients in need of relief.
    VIEW PDF
  • Treatment Locator
    Treatment Locator
    Find Treatment for Patients with Substance Use Disorder
    SEARCH NOW
  • Naloxone Recomendations
    Naloxone Recomendations
    To reduce the risk of death from opioid overdose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released new guidance for opioid reversal treatment.
    ACCESS INFORMATION

Educate Create a foundation of knowledge for your patients so they can understand appropriate measures to removing opioids from their home, as well as child safety.
  • Medication Safety Text Messaging Program
    Medication Safety Text Messaging Program
    Patients can receive tips and important safety information about their opioid prescription.
    DOWNLOAD PATIENT HANDOUT
  • Safely Removing Opioids from Your Home
    Safely Removing Opioids from Your Home
    Help keep your family and community safe by disposing of unused or expired prescription opioids in your home.
    VIEW PDF
  • CDC Patient Fact Sheet
    CDC Patient Fact Sheet
    Easy-to-understand opioid information for patients.
    READ NOW
  • When Pain Relievers Are Prescribed to Teens & Young Adults
    When Pain Relievers Are Prescribed to Teens & Young Adults
    What you should know, and tips on what to ask your child's doctor.
    READ NOW
  • Free eBook on Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids
    Free eBook on Heroin, Fentanyl & Other Opioids
    How the epidemic began, how to keep your community safe and how to help a loved one.
    DOWNLOAD NOW

For Your Practice As many patients’ first point of contact, use these materials, including CMEs, as a guide to evaluate risks and benefits of opioid treatment.
  • Evaluate Risks and Benefits of Opioid Therapies
    Evaluate Risks and Benefits of Opioid Therapies
    Learn how to address the opioid public health crisis from renowned experts.
    VISIT SITE
  • CME for ER/LA Opioids
    CME for ER/LA Opioids
    Access REMS-compliant CME courses specific to prescribing ER/LA opioid analgesics.
    VISIT SITE
  • REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy)
    REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy)
    Review REMS per drug product via the searchable FDA database.
    VIEW DATABASE
  • Help Your Patients Manage Pain Safely and Effectively
    Help Your Patients Manage Pain Safely and Effectively
    Access free Continuing Medical Education (CME) from Boston University to help manage patients with chronic pain who have been prescribed opioid analgesics.
    LEARN MORE
References
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Opioid Overdose. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db356.htm. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  2. The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Fact Sheet. American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians website. http://nasper.org/Documents/FactSheet-DrugAbuse-2011.pdf. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  3. State prescription drug monitoring programs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/faq/rx_monitor.htm. Drug Enforcement Administration website. Updated June 2016. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  4. Prescription drug monitoring frequently asked questions (FAQ). Brandeis University. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center website. http://www.pdmpassist.org/content/prescription-drug-monitoring-frequently-asked-questions-faq. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  5. U.S. State Prescribing Rates, 2016. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/maps/rxstate2016.html. Updated July 31, 2017. Accessed March 23, 2018.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Prescription Opioid Overdose Data. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/prescribing/overdose-death-maps.html. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  7. Why guidelines for primary care providers? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/guideline_infographic-a.pdf. Accessed March 22, 2018.
  8. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Results From the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2018-nsduh-detailed-tables. Published August 2019. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  9. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Overdose Death Rates. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates#:~:text=Drug%20overdose%20deaths%20involving%20prescription,of%20deaths%20dropped%20to%2014%2C975.. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug Overdose Death Data. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates#:~:text=Drug%20overdose%20deaths%20involving%20prescription,of%20deaths%20dropped%20to%2014%2C975.. Accessed May 8, 2020.
  11. Jones CM. Heroin use and heroin use risk behaviors among nonmedical users of prescription opioid pain relievers—United States, 2002-2004 and 2008-2010. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013;132(1-2):95-100.

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