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Doctors and Clinicians: Information and Resources

Overdose Data to Action

Brochures & Flyers 

OD2A General Brochure (PDF 1,137KB)

OD2A Informational Flyer (PDF 1,136KB)

Overdose Data to Action Program Overview Flyer (PDF 1,481KB)

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) 

The PDMP is a healthcare tool for clinicians to assist in identifying potential misuse, abuse or diversion of controlled substances by their patients while facilitating the most appropriate and effective medical use of those substances.

PDMP Flyer (PDF 724 KB)

PDMP On-Demand Slides with Audio (PPT 36 MB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Creating a Culture of Safety for Opioid Prescribing: Handbook for Healthcare Executives (PDF 3,173KB)
This handbook features insights and advice from healthcare executives and quality improvement leaders from various health systems.

Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (PDF 1,429KB)

Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain  (PDF 1,570KB)
Patients with pain should receive treatment that provides the greatest benefit. Opioids are not the first-line therapy for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.


AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

Improving Pain Management in the Context of America's Opioid and Substance Use Disorders Crisis
Information provided by AHRQ regarding multimodal pain care options in outpatient and inpatient settings to effectively treat Medicare and other patients with pain, and people with both pain and either active or historic substance use disorders (SUDs). There is also information about complementary care, analgesic medications, and medical devices that are potentially effective.

Treatments and Technologies Supporting Appropriate Opioid Tapers (PDF 538KB)

Treatments, Technologies, and Models for Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in People With a History of Substance Use Disorder (PDF 562KB)

Interventional Treatments for Acute and Chronic Pain (PDF 620KB)

Living Systematic Review on Cannabis and Other Plant-Based Treatments for Chronic Pain
This 'living' systematic review assesses the effectiveness and harms of cannabis and other plant-based treatments for chronic pain conditions.

Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain

Nonopioid Pharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain

Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain


Department of Health and Human Services 

Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder
These guidelines provide eligible physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives, who are state licensed and registered by the DEA to prescribe controlled substances, an exemption from certain statutory certification requirements related to training, counseling and other ancillary services (i.e., psychosocial services) under 21 U.S.C. 823(g)(2)(B)(i)-(ii).



Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Pocket Guide: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective response to opioid use disorder. It is the use of medications, in combination with behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: Brief Guide
This manual provides guidance on the use of medication-assisted treatment for alcohol use misuse.

MAT: Medication-Assisted Treatment in Jails and Prisons Toolkit
A planning and implementation toolkit for opioid use disorder.

Decisions in Recovery
A handbook to help make decisions in treating opioid use disorder.


Veterans Affairs Academic Detailing Service 

Opioid Taper Tool (PDF 848KB)
The Opioid Taper Decision Tool is designed to assist Primary Care providers in determining if an opioid taper is necessary for a specific patient, in performing the taper, and in providing follow-up and support during the taper.

Slowly Stopping Opioid Medications (PDF 332KB)
Helpful tips to getting you off your opioid succesfully.

Opioid Risk Discussion Tool  (PDF 955KB)
Do you know the possible risks from taking opioids?


Training Resources 

Practitioner Training
SAMHSA's practitioner training offers tools, training, and technical assistance to practitioners in the fields of mental health and substance use disorders.