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Medicine Abuse Project
One in six teenagers has used a prescription medicine to get high. Health care providers are in a powerful position to prevent this growing and devastating problem. The Medicine Abuse Project includes information for you to use with your teenage patients and their parents, as well as any patients for whom you may prescribe medicine. Providers of all specialties will find useful tools and resources below to help make this sensitive issue easier to bring up and discuss with patients. By learning more about how to reduce the supply of medicine available for diversion, screening your patients for substance abuse and advising your patients to monitor, safeguard and properly dispose of unused medicine, you can play an important role in preventing medicine abuse. Below is a wide variety of useful materials about medicine abuse for you and your patients.
CDC Resources for Prescribers
Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.
CDC developed and published the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings. Recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing) outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.
Safe and Effective Prescribing for Chronic Pain
Under treated chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse (i.e., overdose, addiction, diversion) are major national problems. Opioids are one tool for managing chronic pain but carry significant risk when misused. Due to a lack of accessible pain medicine specialists, non-specialists — primary care providers — are left to manage some of the most complex patients with chronic pain. Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain offers providers the essential education in how to safely and competently use opioids in the treatment of chronic pain. This training focuses on effective communication skills as well as the potential risks and benefits of opioids and when and how to initiate, maintain, modify, continue or discontinue opioid therapy.
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) at Brandeis University provides support, resources, and strategies to PDMPs, federal partners and many other stakeholders to further the efforts – and positive outcomes – of PDMPs.
Now that virtually all states have created PDMP legislation – and most have active programs – our focus is on making a good thing better: increasing PDMP efficiencies, measuring performance and effectiveness, and promoting best practices.