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2017 Opioid Prescribing & Treatment Guidelines

Source: Colorado ACEP

Colorado ACEP is proud to present the Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing and Treatment Guidelines. Among the most comprehensive ever published, these recommendations were developed by a panel of more than 20 experts, including emergency physicians, addiction and harm reduction specialists, pharmacists, paramedics, emergency department nurses, and medical students. Here we provide an approach to pain management aimed at decreasing the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use and abuse. Confronting the Opioid Epidemic in Colorado’s Emergency Departments, this resource also provides guidance on alternatives to opioids.

Acute Care Opioid Treatment and Prescribing Recommendations Dental

Source: MPRO

A clinical tool for prescribing recommendations in dental environments for pre-procedure, prescribing and when patients are discharged with an opioid prescription.

Acute Care Opioid Treatment and Prescribing Recommendations ED

Source: MPRO

A clinical tool for prescribing recommendations in emergency deparment environments for pre-procedure, prescribing and when patients are discharged with an opioid prescription.

Acute Care Opioid Treatment and Prescribing Recommendations Surgery

Source: MPRO

A clinical tool for prescribing recommendations in surgical environments for in preoperative counseling, intraoperative and postoperative pain management, and for patients discharged with and opioid prescription.

AHA Guidelines on Opioid-Associated Life Threatening Emergency (Algorithm)

Source: American Heart Association

This flowchart outlines the appropriate steps, as endorsed by the American Heart Association, on treating opioid-associated life threatening emergencies.

Alcohol, Other Drugs (AOD), and Health: Newsletter

Source: Boston Medical Center produced in cooperation with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence is a free online newsletter summarizing the latest clinically relevant research on alcohol, illicit drugs, and health. Through summaries of important alcohol and other drug research published in peer-reviewed journals, downloadable teaching presentations, and feature articles on substance use research ethics, the newsletter provides valuable information to improve clinical teaching, practice, and research.

Buprenorphine Treatment Practitioner Locator

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This online resource helps find physicians authorized to treat opioid dependency (addiction) with buprenorphine by state.

 Clinicians Working with Communities and QIN-QIOs to Make Opioids Safer

Source: QIN NCC/ The Lewin Group

This spotlight has information, statistics, and resources for providers about safe opioid prescribing and medication management. The spotlight provides an introduction on how providers can work with QIN-QIOs and ways to engage with patients around opioids.

Complimentary and Alternative (CAM) Pain Treatment Options

Source: NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

This document provides details about alternative, non-opioid treatment options for pain management.

De-prescribing Benzodiazepine Resources


This is an evidence-based deprescribing guideline and algorithm to help providers get patients off of benzodiazepines.

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Source: SAMHSA

People who could use help determining which opioid treatment provider is appropriate for their needs can find free guidance using this document.

"First Do No Harm" Pain Management Toolkit

Source: Indiana Drug Prevention Task Force

This provider toolkit, based on expert opinion and recognized standards of care, was developed with the input of healthcare providers representing multiple specialties. "Do No Harm" provides options for the safe and responsible treatment of chronic pain, including prescriptions for opioids when indicated, with the ultimate goals of patient safety and functional improvement.

Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics

Source: Federation of State Medical Boards

This policy is intended as a resource providing overall guidance to state medical and osteopathic boards in assessing physicians’ management of pain in their patients and whether opioid analgesics are used in a medically appropriate manner.

I don't think I'm abusing prescription drugs…am I?

Source: SAMHSA and NCPIE

This brochure reviews possible scenarios of prescription drug abuse and options for treatment. Written for patients and caregivers to use.

Medications for Opioid Use Disorders - Executive Summary

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) — methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine — and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD.

NIDAMED: Medical & Health Professionals

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

This site hosts a compilation of resources, continuing education opportunities, and training for providers to address drug abuse.

Overdose Prevention Toolkit: Five Essential Steps for First Responders

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This toolkit offers strategies to first responders for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit: Information for Prescribers

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This toolkit offers strategies to prescribers for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Partnership Toolbox for Prescription Drug Take Back

Source: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) created a new partnership toolbox of materials for promoting National Prescription Drug Take Back. The new toolbox includes:

  • Posters
  • Pamphlets
  • Digital billboards
  • Print billboards
  • Bus ads
  • Site location banners
  • Web button

Promoting the DEA’s Take Back Day provides an opportunity for people from across the country to clean out their medicine cabinets and to safely and anonymously turn in prescription drugs.

Pharmacists: On the Front Lines (Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse and Overdose)

Source: CDC

This is a brochure, created by the CDC, for pharmacists to use in practice. Content includes patient communication tips, provider collaboration recommendations, and opioid use statistics.

Pocket Guide: Tapering Opioids for Chronic Pain

Source: CDC

This pocket guide offers guidance for providers on reducing opioid dosage/​tapering and discontinuation of opioid therapy.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, Resources for Community Action

Source: National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

Here, you will find the advocacy groups/​nonprofit organizations and federal agencies listed in the Awareness, Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery sections of this guide, and links to more prescription drug abuse prevention resources.

Promoting Safer and More Effective Pain Management

Source: CDC

This flier provides guidance on how patients and doctors can discuss use of opioid medications and pain management.

Quality Improvement & Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioid for Chronic Pain

Source: CDC

The purpose of this document is to encourage careful and selective use of opioid therapy in the context of managing chronic pain through (a) an evidence-based prescribing guideline, (b) quality improvement (QI) measures to advance the integration of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (CDC Prescribing Guideline) into clinical practice, and © practice-level strategies to improve care coordination

These QI measures are intended to help incorporate the science contained in the CDC Prescribing Guideline in clinical workflow.

Reducing Opioid ADE - Prescriber Tips

Source: HSAG

This one-page document provide tips for prescribers to reduce ADEs related to Opioids, including patient education prompts, drug interactions, and medication management information. Other uses for the Quick Tip for Prescribers documents include: 1) use at LANs to direct conversation and strategy development amongst the attendees; 2) encourage hospitals to distribute to hospitalists and / or at medical staff meetings; promote that health care organizations use these to provide staff education and increase knowledge and competency.

Search and Rescue: Prescriber Resources for Preventing Prescription Opioid Abuse

Source: Search and Rescue

The Search and Rescue initiative connects you to the tools and resources that can help you proactively identify, address, and reduce prescription opioid abuse in your practice.

Using Opioid Safety Initiatives to Meet MIPS

Source: Quality Insights

This document was designed to help you be successful with the Quality Payment Program (QPP) by highlighting two performance categories - Quality Measures and Improvement Activities - related to The Opioid Misuse and Diversion Special Project. It includes examples of measures and activities from each of these categories that can be reported in 2017 to avoid a penalty and earn a positive payment adjustment in 2019.

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