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Opioid Crisis – Public Health Resources

Below are links to public health guidelines and protocols for prescribing opiates including substance use screening tools, non-opioid treatment options, prescription drug monitoring programs, and more.


Safe Opioid Use – Information for Patients

MedlinePlus health topic page for patients on safe opioid use, including questions to ask and information to share with your health care provider when considering a prescription opioid for treatment of pain from an injury or surgery, pain due to a severe health condition, or chronic pain.


CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.


Treating Chronic Pain without Opioids

A CDC training module for treating chronic pain without opioids and applying guidelines for prescribing opioids.


Clinical Screening Tool Available for Substance Use

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network has unveiled a new scientifically validated online screening tool designed to assess a patient’s risk for substance misuse and substance use disorder, and assist the health care provider with prevention and treatment strategies.


Opioid Treatment Resources for Emergency Department Clinicians

NIDA resource including treatment information, case study videos, discharge instructions, tools and assessments (clinical opioid withdrawal scale & questions for emergency clinicians to ask to help with identification of an opioid use disorder), provider resources, FAQs.


Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

A prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an electronic database that tracks controlled substance prescriptions. PDMPs can help identify patients who may be misusing prescription opioids or other prescription drugs and who may be at risk for overdose.


Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations for treating women with substance use disorder in pregnancy.


HHS Report on Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women

An initiative of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) that examines prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse opioids, have opioid use disorders, and/or overdose on opioids.