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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Rethink Rx Abuse Strategy 5: Enhance Assessment and Referral to Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Part of Arizona’s Rethink Rx Abuse public health information campaign, these materials are intended to help communities improve patient assessment and referral to substance use disorder treatment. Includes information about medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), fact sheets on identifying opioid use disorder (OUD) or people at risk for developing OUD, and a guide to finding behavioral health treatment services.

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Recovery Friendly Workplaces

Because of the far-reaching impacts of addiction, businesses have increasingly become engaged in addressing addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery for their employees. In this collection, CLOUD highlights initiatives on creating Recovery Friendly Workplaces where businesses create policies and procedures that offer support for employees working on substance use disorder treatment and recovery.

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Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Pregnant and Parenting Women: Policy Resources

This collection features policy reports and recommendations for policymakers and community leaders who may be developing programs to serve pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder (SUD). This collection includes: A report on findings from a 12-state learning collaborative on improving treatment of opioid use disorder among pregnant and parenting women and infants exposed to opioids A guide to creating a coordinated, multi-system approach to treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder and their infants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration A 2-page guide for policymakers on evidence based treatment for opioid use disorder during pregnancy from the National Institute on Drug Abuse A study looking at the relationship between policies that criminalized substance use in pregnancy and rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and found that such policies may have the unintended effect of increasing the incidence of NAS A 2019 report to the Minnesota legislature that evaluates a pilot initiative to provide integrated care for high-risk pregnancies including American Indians at risk for opioid use during pregnancy And 2 reports from the National Academy for State Health Policy: A report on state Medicaid strategies to promote early identification and treatment of pregnant women with…
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Patients & Caregivers

Opioids The Truth

Source: The Truth

An interactive website about opioids, opioid use disorder, treatment, and advocacy aimed at youth and their supporters. Part of The Truth.com, which aims to reduce tobacco use in young people, this link goes to the webpage specifically devoted to opioids and opioid use disorder. Includes answers to common questions such as

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Patients & Caregivers

Safe and Responsible Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain – A Patient Information Guide

Source: Veterans Administration Pharmacy Benefits Management Academic Detailing

This patient guide from the Veterans Health Administration addresses safe and responsible use of opioids to treat chronic pain. It includes information about opioid medications, patient pain care plans, alternatives to opioids for pain management, possible side effects of opioids, and how to take opioids

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Introduction to Naloxone for People Taking Prescribed Opioids

Source: Veterans Health Administration

This 6 minute video shows a patient-provider conversation about naloxone and how to prevent opioid overdose for people taking prescribed opioids. It features a man who has been prescribed opioids for pain and his spouse. The conversation covers the risks of accidental overdose from prescription opioids, how to recognize

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Mind Matters: The Body’s Response to Opioids

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

An education publication directed at children and youth, this 5 page guide explains what opioids are, including nick names for common drugs, and explains how using opioids can affect your body and eventually reduce your ability to enjoy the things that make you happy. The publication was prepared by theNational Institute on Drug Abuse’s Mind Matters program.

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Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists

Source: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

This 4 page briefing paper provides information for dentists about prescribing opioids for women of reproductive age and women who are pregnant. It includes information about neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and provides guidelines for prescribing opioids for dental care providers. A six page version is also available.

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