Safe Opioid Prescribing Resources
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a suite of resources to help clinicians apply the CDC's Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The resources include a free mobile application that features a morphine milligram equivalent calculator, summaries of key recommendations, and an interactive motivational-interview feature that can “help providers practice effective communication skills and prescribe with confidence.” The suite also includes a series of short videos, which aim to educate patients and providers about the risks of opioids. Also included are posters outlining the risks of opioid misuse and several clinical tools.
Additionally, the SCOPE of Pain (Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education) website, sponsored by Boston University, offers CME/CNE educational activities and training resources to help providers safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics.