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Center for Opioid Research and Education

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: Center for Opioid Research and Education

The Center for Opioid Research and Education is a consortium of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patients who together created procedure specific opioid prescribing guidelines. In 2017, the consortium published guidelines offering consensus recommendations for the range of appropriate opioid prescribing following 20 common surgical procedures, and in 2018 published guidelines for 14 common dental procedures.

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Monitoring and Changing Behavior: The Role of PMP Data in Kentucky Drug Courts

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis

A 2011 report about how Kentucky’s drug courts access and use data from the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) from the PDMP Center of Excellence at Brandeis University.

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The Arizona Rx Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative: A Multi-Systemic, Multi-Level Approach for Addressing Arizona’s “Silent Epidemic”

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission

Arizona piloted a multi-faceted initiative intended to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse in 4 counties between July of 2012 and December 2013. This evaluation of the pilot from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission found that the pilot delivered results including reduced

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Tips for Talking about Opioids and Pain with Patients

Health care providers often request guidance on how to have conversations with patients about opioids, pain treatment, addiction and other topics that may be challenging. In this collection, we have gathered materials that provide support to providers as they have these difficult conversations.

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Arizona Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

The Arizona legislature adopted a law requiring health care providers to use electronic prescribing for all Schedule II controlled substances by January 1, 2020. Their implementation resources are included in the CLOUD and links to the project website and implementation documents are available below.

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Telemedicine and Prescribing Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

This 2018 guidance on telemedicine to prescribe buprenorphine was recently promoted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of its Covid-19 public health emergency response. The guidance explains how telemedicine can be a solution to the lack of providers with a Drug Enforcement Administration waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Part of a series of guidance letters issued by SAMSHA in March, 2020. Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Accelerating Opioid Safety: Ambulatory Care Toolkit

Source: California Quality Collaborative

This 2018 toolkit from the California Quality Collaborative and Smart Care California provides step-by-step guidance for provider organizations to change provider behavior and culture around opioids. The toolkit is organized around 4 key strategies:

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Nebraska Pain Management Guidance Document: A Provider and Community Resource

Source: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

The 2017 Nebraska Pain Management Guidance document was developed by an expert advisory task force consisting of actively practicing clinicians and prescribers, public health officers and senior state officials. The guidance is notable for addressing a broad range of topics including

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