Opioids: Resources for Prescribing and Addiction Treatment

A new, free mobile app provides immediate access to information about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

The app features information about medications and treatment approaches, clinical support tools, access to helplines, and more. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) produced the app because it has identified MAT as one of three priority ways to solve the current opioid overdose crisis.

SAMHSA also funds continuing medical education (CME) courses on prescribing opioids for chronic pain developed by local and state health organizations across the United States. The TMA Education Center offers a CME course as well, from the TMA Committee on Physician Health and Wellness: Ethics and Regulation of Pain Management teaches physicians to recognize ethical challenges in treating pain patients, and identify the difference between substance use disorders and physiological dependence. See also "Opioid Addiction Screening Tools for Patients With Chronic Noncancer Pain" in the Texas Medicine 2015 symposium edition.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is another source of opioid prescribing resources, such as dosing guidelines to use when changing routes of administration of commonly used opioid analgesics and a video illustrating how to enter into a narcotic contract with a patient.

For a brush-up on the Texas Medical Board's chronic pain treatment rules, read the September 2015 Texas Medicine article "Regs and Pains."

Published Jan. 10, 2017

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March 26, 2018