Opioids: Resources for Prescribing and Addiction Treatment

Get access to information about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 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: Meeting TMB Education Requirements for Opioid Prescribing teaches physicians the legislative requirements for prescribing and monitoring controlled substances, safe and effective prescribing of controlled substance for pain management, best practices in pain management for non-drug treatments and an individualized multimodal approach, and standards of care in management of high-risk patients. See also "Opioid Addiction Screening Tools for Patients With Chronic Noncancer Pain" in Texas Medicine.

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 Texas Medicine article "Regs and Pains."

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Last Updated On

July 20, 2021

Originally Published On

January 10, 2017