Opioid Prescribing and Tapering Guidelines from the CDC

Prevention of Opioid Misuse and Abuse

CDC – Overdose Prevention

  • Provides information on improving opioid prescribing, preventing opioid use disorder, treating opioid use disorder, reversing overdose, and the CDC's role in the opioid epidemic

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder

  • Provides basic information about opioids, how to safely dispose of opioids, alternative pain management options, safe opioid prescribing guidelines, and additional prevention programs and tools

HHS OIG Toolkits for Calculating Opioid Levels and Identifying Patients At Risk of Misuse or Overdose

  • OIG has developed two toolkits that provide detailed steps for using prescription drug claims data to analyze patients' opioid levels to identify certain patients at risk of opioid misuse or overdose.

Red Flags for Pharmacists and Prescribers When Dispensing Controlled Substances

NCPA Webinar – Monitoring Opioid Usage

2019 CMS Part D Opioid Policies

  • Updates to CMS Part D opioid policies designed to improve safety and prevent opioid use disorder

  • Sets standards such as the 7 days supply limit for opioid naïve patients and flags for MME >90 as well as concurrent use of opioids and BZDs

  • These policies to do not apply to patients receiving hospice care, palliative, or end of life care

Drug Disposal Information to Share with Patients

CDC Prescription Drugs Information – State Laws on Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse

  • Provides links to various state regulations that concern opioid misuse and abuse

Opioid Engagement and Collaboration

Allied Against Opioid Abuse Patient Engagement Guide

  • Part of the "Pharmacy Toolkit" helps pharmacists educate patients about their rights, risks, and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids

  • Engaging patients and starting the conversation is a critical step in combating the opioid abuse epidemic

Allied Against Opioid Abuse Tips for Talking with Patients and Caregivers

  • Part of the "Pharmacy Toolkit" provides discussion topics and sample talking points to help pharmacists lead clear, effective dialogue with patients on critical opioid topics

Allied Against Opioid Abuse Prescriber Engagement Guide

  • Facilitates collaboration between pharmacists and physicians to ensure patients have access to effective pain management and to prevent misuse and abuse of prescription opioids

  • Provides tips for how and when to engage prescribers

"RESPOND" Brochure: Resources Encouraging Safe Prescription Opioid and Naloxone Dispensing

  • Outlines a "SOAP" format as a prescriber communication strategy

  • Share the subjective and objective information with the provider, your assessment of the situation, and develop a plan together

NCPA Webinar – Co-Managing at Risk Opioid Patients