Resource Library

Assessments

Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS)

This tool can be used in both inpatient and outpatient settings to reproducibly rate common signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal and monitor these symptoms over time.

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Diagnosis, Intractability, Risk and Efficacy (DIRE)

DIRE Score: Patient Selection for Chronic Opioid Analgesia

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Opioid Risk Tool (ORT)

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a brief, self-report screening tool designed for use with adult patients in primary care settings to assess risk for opioid abuse among individuals prescribed opioids for treatment of chronic pain.

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PEG13: A Three-Item Scale Assessing Pain

Development and Initial Validation of the PEG, a Three-item Scale Assessing Pain Intensity and Interference

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General

Addiction Center’s Glossary of Drug Street Names

Use this glossary to see the brand, generic, and street names of various drugs.

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CDC HIV Surveillance Special Report: HIV Infection Risk, Prevention, and Testing Behaviors Among Persons Who Inject Drugs

This CDC infographic details findings from National Behavioral Surveillance on behaviors of people who inject drugs in relation to HIV risk, prevention, and testing.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Provides Opportunity To Realign Self-Help Groups With Medications For People With Opioid Use Disorder

In this month’s issue of Health Affairs, Hefei Wen and coauthors analyze national data on opioid addiction treatment. In response to world events, we asked the authors to put their work in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis.

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Needle Exchange in DC

Providers and locations in the District of Columbia that provide needle exchange and harm reduction services

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NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse – Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription.

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Opioid Awareness Campaign and Education

Opioid awareness and education in the DC metro area.

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Opioid death rates soared in communities where pain pills flowed

Death rates from opioids soared in the towns, cities and counties that were saturated with billions of prescription pain pills from 2006 through 2012, according to government death data and a previously undisclosed database of opioid shipments.

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Suicide, opioids tied to ongoing fall in US life expectancy: Third year of drop

American life expectancy continues to decline, with high mortality rates largely fueled by suicide and drug overdoses — both growing public health crises that reflect deficiencies across many social determinants of health.

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Understanding the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. Learn more about the opioid overdose epidemic.

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Harm Reduction

How to Get Rid of a Sharps Container

Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Sharps Used At Home, At Work, or While Traveling

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Safe Opioid Disposal – Remove the Risk Outreach Toolkit

Remove the Risk Toolkit raises awareness of the serious dangers of keeping unused opioid pain medication in the home and provides information about safe disposal of these medicines.

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Van Asher’s Fentanyl Test Strip Video

Informative video on the correct way to use test strips to detect Fentanyl in drugs.

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MAT

Buprenorphine Practitioner Locator

Find practitioners authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine by state.

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Free MAT Trainings for Prescribers

The overarching goal of PCSS is to provide the most effective evidenced-based clinical practices in the prevention of OUD through proper opioid prescribing practices, identifying patients with OUD, and the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit

To reduce risk of opioid overdose and recidivism and to better serve incarcerated individuals with opioid use disorder, the National Council, in partnership with Vital Strategies and faculty from Johns Hopkins University, developed a new resource guide titled: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit.

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Provider’s Clinical Support System for Medication-Assisted Treatment

PCSS is a program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created in response to the opioid overdose epidemic to train primary care providers in the evidence-based prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and treatment of chronic pain.

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SAMHSA’s Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Opioid Treatment Program Directory

Select a state and find all of the contact information of the opioid treatment centers located within the selected state.

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The Curbsiders Podcast #187 Buprenorphine Master Class: Managing Opioid Use Disorder for the Generalist

Get comfortable with counseling and pharmacotherapy for OUD with tips from Dr. Michael Fingerhood (Johns Hopkins).  We review building a therapeutic relationship with people with substance use disorders, the differences between the three FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder, and the nitty-gritty of prescribing buprenorphine.

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Overdose Prevention

Get Naloxone — Opioid Learning Institute Naloxone Education

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Local Opioid Prevention and Response: A Primer for Local Health Departments

Create a free account and download the link on the right side of page. Local Opioid Prevention and Response: A Primer for Local Health Departments serves to inform local health departments about the domestic opioid epidemic and share success stories from LHDs currently engaged in opioid-related efforts.

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Offering Naloxone to Patients

Here you will find information you need to start prescribing and dispensing naloxone rescue kits, including some useful resources containing further information about this life-saving medicine.

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Pain Management

Kaiser Permanente’s Proactive Approach to Opioid Management

A proactive, proven approach to addressing the opioid epidemic

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Project Lazarus and Community of Care North Carolina Pain Management Toolkits

Project Lazarus and Community Care of North Carolina developed the Chronic Pain Initiative toolkits below to provide best practices and protocol for Primary Care Providers and Emergency Departments

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Sample Patient Agreement Form

This resource includes two sample patient agreement forms that can be used with patients who are beginning long-term treatment with opioid analgesics or other controlled substances.

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Prescribing Guidelines

2019 Recommendations of the AMA Opioid Task Force

AMA Opioid Task Force issues new recommendations to urge policymakers to protect patients' access to evidence-based treatment and remove barriers to comprehensive pain care

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CDC Guidelines at a Glance

CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

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CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

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FDA issues warning for products marketed to treat opioid withdrawal

The FDA sent a warning letter to EPH Technologies, accusing it of marketing and selling unapproved drugs.

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Framing Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain: Developing the Evidence

This report recommends two frameworks—an analytic framework and an evidence evaluation framework—that medical professional societies, health care organizations, and state, national, and local agencies could use to develop CPGs for prescribing opioids to manage acute pain.

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Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, First Edition 2018

This is the first edition of the Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Practice and Policy Considerations For Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

This article details US policy updates that are loosening restrictions around MOUD prescribing in light of COVID-19.

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Tapering

CDC Pocket Guide: Tapering Opioids for Chronic Pain

Follow up regularly with patients to determine whether opioids are meeting treatment goals and whether opioids can be reduced to lower dosage or discontinued.

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HHS Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics

HHS's guide on dosage reduction, tapering, or discontinuation of long term opioid analgesics.

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Treatment

American Society of Addiction Medicine: Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine

This resource provides guidance about the effective use of drug testing in the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and promotion of recovery for patients with, or at risk for, addiction.

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Clinical Mentoring for Treating OUD

The overarching goal of PCSS is to provide the most effective evidenced-based clinical practices in the prevention of OUD through proper opioid prescribing practices, identifying patients with OUD, and the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) Resources and Webinars

Motivational Interviewing is a clinical approach that helps people with mental health, substance use disorders and other chronic conditions.

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