This 4 page guide from Minnesota’s Flip the Script campaign centers on health care providers and conducting difficult conversations with patients around opioids. The guide covers topics such as tapering opioid dose, pain relief, emerging behavioral health conditions, and concerns about the addiction risk of using opioids and includes sample language providers can use when talking to patients.
In 2018, the Arizona Legislature passed the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act. This one page information sheet for patients in Spanish explains how the legislation protects chronic pain patients who use opioids to treat their pain. The document clarifies that the act does not limit prescription fills
This 2019 bulletin describes evidence-based practices for providing medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals with opioid use disorder and coverage of these treatment by Virginia’s Medicaid program.
This 2019 update from the Oregon Drug Use Research & Management board provides recommendations for the use of opioids in treating non-cancer pain. The document summarizes guidelines on opioid prescribing produced by the Veterans Administration, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Oregon Health Authority.
This 2018 guideline from College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists offers advice to pharmacists and providers about tapering patients off long term use of benzodiazepines. Patients prescribed both opioids and benzodiazepines are at higher risk of overdose and death.
This clinician’s guide from the California Health Care Foundation aims to provide primary care providers with “everything they need to know” about buprenorphine. It includes background information on buprenorphine’s effectiveness as a treatment for opioid use disorder and the Drug Addiction Treatment Act
This patient education guide offers advice to patients considering tapering their opioid pain medication.