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Useful Resources for Opioid Prescribing

  • Physician for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) - PROP's mission is to reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality by promoting cautious and responsible prescribing practices. This site provides accurate information about opioid risks and benefits for providers and consumers.
  • Overdose Prevention kit - SAMHSA - This site provides information to prescribers, first responders and family members about preventing overdose and the role of naloxone.

  • Opioid risk evaluation tool - 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. Patients categorized as high-risk are at increased likelihood of future abusive drug-related behavior. The ORT can be administered and scored in less than 1 minute and has been validated in both male and female patients, but not in non-pain populations.

  • MED Calculator - This site is connected to an online tool to calculate Morphine Equivalent dose of all opioids to support MED limits in guidelines. This calculator should NOT be used to determine doses when converting a patient from one opioid to another.

  • Mass Medical Society - The link connects to Smart and Safe program which provides prescriber and patient education as well safe storage and disposal information of opioids. The goal of the Smart and Safe program is to reduce the use of opioids in MA.

  • CDC Website - The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was published in March 2016. It provides recommendations about the appropriate prescribing of opioid pain relievers and other treatment options to improve pain management and patient safety.