Opioids: Resources to Combat Misuse, Abuse and Overdose
The Illinois State Medical Society is committed to promoting safe and appropriate opioid prescribing for treating chronic pain. Below are resources that have been compiled to assist prescribers, patients and policymakers. Together we must work to reduce opioids misuse, abuse and overdose.
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- ISMS Office Poster Promoting Naloxone Availability Without Prescription
- Combating Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: Physician and Patient Roles and Responsibilities for Disposal of Unused Medications - Issue Brief: updated September 2020
- Case Study: Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program
ISMS CME Courses
- Establishing a Buprenorphine Practice: What you need to know
- Identification of Patients With Substance Use Disorder In the Primary Care Setting
- Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives
- Opioids: Best Practices, Overdose Risk Factors, and Naloxone Co-Prescribing
- The Prescription Monitoring Program in Illinois: A Clinical Tool in Improving Prescribing Decisions
- Member Editorial: Buprenorphine offers a Way to Rise from the Ashes of Addiction
- AMA Video: How to Use Naloxone
Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) Materials
The PCSS-O is a collaborative education initiative with backing from the American Medical Association and other national organizations. The PCSS-O offers free opioid courses and CME opportunities for prescribers.
Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT)
The Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT), a national training and mentoring project that formed in response to the prescription opioid misuse epidemic.
Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program
The PMP is an electronic tool that collects information on controlled substance prescriptions. Prescribers are allowed to obtain a user ID and password to query their current or prospective patients.
Policies and Guidelines
Several national medical groups offer guidelines, resources and prescribing guidance to assist physicians and other prescribers.
- American Academy of Family Physicians Formal Position
- American Academy of Pain Management Opioid Treatment Guideline
- American College of Physicians Policy Position
- American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Guideline for Responsible Opioid Prescribing
- CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- Department of Agriculture's Rural Community Action Guide
- Federation of State Medical Boards Model Policy on DATA 2000 And Treatment of Opioid Addiction in The Medical Office
- Opioid prescribing: a systematic review and critical appraisal of guidelines for chronic pain. (Medline)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources
The CDC offers information on opioid use, misuse and safety.
- Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States: Fact Sheet
- Opioid Painkiller Prescribing: Where You Live Makes a Difference
Disposing of Unused Medications
Patients should dispose of unused medications once treatment has ended to ensure the pills do not fall into the hands of someone for whom they were not prescribed.
Many local police departments maintain medication drop-off boxes, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency offers an interactive map for finding a medication drop-off site near you.
Policies and Guidelines