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Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs. Chronic pain is common, multidimensional, and individualized, and treatment can be challenging for healthcare providers as well as patients. For more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/providers/index.html

Find SAMHSA-supported continuing medical education (CME) courses on prescribing opioids for chronic pain at https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/training-resources/opioid-courses

CDC GUIDELINE FOR PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS FOR CHRONIC PAIN
https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/guidelines_at-a-glance-a.pdf

CDC’s new Opioid Guideline App is designed to help providers apply the recommendations of CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice by putting the entire guideline, tools, and resources in the palm of their hand. Managing chronic pain is complex, but accessing prescribing guidance has never been easier.

The application includes a Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) calculator*, summaries of key recommendations and a link to the full Guideline, and an interactive motivational interviewing feature to help providers practice effective communications skills and prescribe with confidence.

Free Download
The new CDC Opioid Guideline App is now available for free download on Google Play (Android devices) and in the Apple Store (iOS devices).

The American Medical Association is leading the effort to end the opioid epidemic
https://www.end-opioid-epidemic.org/

About the Addiction Medicine Subspecialty

Addiction Medicine (ADM) is now a recognized physician subspecialty of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Credentialed ADM subspecialists serve as clinical experts, faculty, teachers, researchers and change agents. They provide prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment services for patients with unhealthy substance use or substance-related health conditions. ADM physicians also help family members who are affected by a loved one’s substance use or addiction.

https://www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed-medical-health-professionals/about-addiction-medicine-subspecialty

CME/CE Activities (this link will house all CEM websites)
Access to relevant CME/CE courses on topics related to opioid and substance use disorders and addiction.

NIDA
https://www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed-medical-health-professionals/cmece-activities


OUDEP is an accredited, free, online medical education program for the identification and management of opioid use disorder. This program was designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers and other health care providers collaborating to treat parents with substance use disorders. This project was funded in part with federal funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Department of Heath and Human Services.

Understanding ADDICTION
https://globalacademy.hms.harvard.edu/courses/course-v1:HarvardMedGlobalAcademy+OUDEP1+1T2017/about

Identification, Counseling, and Treatment of OUD
https://globalacademy.hms.harvard.edu/courses/course-v1:HarvardMedGlobalAcademy+OUDEP2+2T2017/about

Collaborative Care Approaches for Mgmt. of OUD
https://globalacademy.hms.harvard.edu/courses/course-v1:HarvardMedGlobalAcademy+OUDEP3+2T2017/about


Take advantage of the ADA's free online continuing education courses covering the latest techniques for prescribing opioids safely and effectively. The webinars are:

  • free;
  • convenient to access;
  • tailored to pain management in dentistry; and
  • available to members and non-members alike.

Plus, the ADA CERP credential provides a sound basis for state regulatory agencies to accept the continuing education (CE) credit for licensure.
https://www.ada.org/en/advocacy/advocacy-issues/prescription-opioid-abuse/webinars

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model was incited by an Institute of Medicine recommendation that called for community-based screening for health risk behaviors, including substance use. For more information visit https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/clinical-practice/sbirt

For more information about treating Chronic Pain without Opioids please visit https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/training/nonopioid/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your online source for credible health information. 
CDC’s New Quality Improvement and Care Coordination Resource
Providers wrote approximately 4.45 billion opioid prescriptions in 2016—with wide variation across states. In addition, an almost 1.8 million Americans, aged 12 or older, either abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2016. Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines, can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse or overdose from prescription opioids.
The CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has developed and released the Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The quality improvement (QI) measures provided in the resource are meant to be flexible so that healthcare systems and practice leaders can pick interventions that will work best for their practice and patient population. They are offered as voluntary measures that could help incorporate the evidence contained in CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in clinical workflow. The purpose of the resource is to encourage careful and selective use of long-term opioid therapy in the context of managing chronic pain through:

  1. evidence-based prescribing,
  2. quality improvement (QI) measures to advance the integration of the guideline into clinical practice; and
  3. practice-level strategies to improve care coordination.
  4. A resource toolkit

To access the resource and supporting materials, visit our website at www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/qi-cc.html.
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