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Opioid Crisis and Pain Management

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Learn about the opioid crisis, safe opioid prescribing, and overdose prevention.

Opioids and the Opioid Crisis

Review general information and related resources on opioids and the opioid overdose crisis, including an overview of how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health are taking steps to combat it. Read about other current national strategies to tackle the crisis, such as:

  1. The FDA's Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy
  2. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s:
  3. The U.S. Surgeon General's Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids report.

Opioids, Pregnancy, and Neonatal Care

Pregnancy and the postpartum period are critical times to intervene to help women with unhealthy substance use and their babies. Visit the Opioids, Pregnancy, and Neonatal Care page for practice guidance; research and news; and further education for clinicians on treating opioid-dependent pregnant women, mothers, and infants.

Opioid Prescribing & Pain

Discover resources to help address pain and that you can use in your practice before, during, and after prescribing opioids.

Considerations before Prescribing Opioids

Before prescribing, consider familiarizing yourself with the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and the Improving Opioid Prescribing factsheet from NIDA. Reviewing the Commonly Used Long-acting Opioids Chart can also guide initiation of opioid therapy for patients with pain conditions. Visit the NIDAMED education page for continuing education courses related to opioids.

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Monitoring Opioid Prescriptions
Changing or Discontinuing Opioids

Find additional opioid prescribing resources for prescribers, pharmacists, and patients from the Boston Medical Center TOPCARE (Transforming Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care) team.