Heal Safely Toolkit

This web-based opioid prevention toolkit from Oregon Health Authority’s Heal Safely campaign is intended to be used by community health workers and public health officials to help communities find safe non-opioid options for healing safely and addressing pain. Continue reading

COVID-19 Resources

The National Academies of Medicine’s COVID-19 response page includes resources for supporting individuals with substance use disorder and those who experience pain. It includes links to NAM’s publications and webinars as well as links to other organizations producing materials to address the needs of these individuals. Continue reading


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The COVID-19 public health emergency is particularly challenging for people in treatment for substance use disorder, people in recovery, and people who use drugs. This collection features educational resources that can be adapted for local settings, specific guidance on harm reduction, recovery housing and providing peer support services during the pandemic, and links to websites that provide high-quality information, data, and/or examples for local communities to adopt. Continue reading

Intersection of Pain and Addiction

This 6 minute video titled “Intersection of Pain and Addiction” from a clinician at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction describes how addiction often develops after treatment for pain, how individuals with substance use disorder experience pain differently, and how important it is to treat pain in individuals with current SUD or a history of SUD. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

What Happens When You Flip the Script?

This 4 minute video from Minnesota’s Flip the Script campaign features interviews with a physician and patient about how the decision to change the patient’s opioid prescription improved the patient’s quality of life and the provider’s relationship to his patients and his practice. Continue reading

Flip the Script: Discussion Guide for Non-Prescribers

A 4 page guide for non-prescribers about having difficult conversations with patients about pain management and opioids from Minnesota’s Flip the Script campaign. This guide provides information about the risks of long-term opioid therapy and provides information about understanding acute, post-acute and chronic pain. The guide provides talking points and specific language health care providers can use when talking to their patients and preparing patients to continue the discussion with their prescribing provider.

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