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Webinar Series: Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid Use and Substance Use
In this nine-part webinar series on opioid use disorder/substance use disorder, leading experts explain how addition is a disease process. These recorded lectures include discussions about the psychology of addiction, common and newly emerging drugs of concern and treatment approaches to addiction, including evidence-based medication therapies and behavioral health therapies.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/21/2024    Date Last Modified: May 21 2024 11:10AM  
Words Matter: Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction
The National Institute on Drug Abuse created this flyer to define stigma and suggest terms people can use to reduce stigma and negative bias when talking about addiction.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/15/2024    Date Last Modified: May 15 2024 1:37PM  
People Matter, Words Matter: Do you use compassionate language?
This flyer from the American Hospital Association presents a list of phrases health care providers can use to with colleagues and patients to support, rather than stigmatize, patients with substance use disorders.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/14/2024    Date Last Modified: May 13 2024 2:43PM  
Respect to Connect: Undoing Stigma
This flyer from the National Harm Reduction Coalition presents the actions that lead to stigmatizing a person with substance use disorder.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/14/2024    Date Last Modified: May 15 2024 2:56PM  
Stop the Stigma
This one-page flyer offers examples of language health care providers and caregivers can use to talk about substance use disorder.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/14/2024    Date Last Modified: May 13 2024 2:53PM  
Stigma in the emergency department
The American College of Emergency Physicians offers strategies that can be used to help end the stigma related to people with substance use disorders who seek medical services in the emergency room.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/13/2024    Date Last Modified: May 13 2024 1:56PM  
I'm Still a Person: The Stigma of Substance Use & Power of Respect (professional version)
This workbook is intended to help health care providers avoid using language that contributes to substance-related stigma.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/13/2024    Date Last Modified: May 13 2024 2:10PM  
Shine A Light on Stigma: A Local and National Effort
This podcast explains how language can affect whether or not patients with substance use disorders seek the medical care they need.
Web link    Date Added: 05/13/2024    Date Last Modified: May 13 2024 2:17PM  
Stigmas Surrounding Opioid Use Disorder
This presentation explains how opioid use disorder first became stigmatized and offers strategies for decreasing stigma.
Web link    Date Added: 05/13/2024    Date Last Modified: May 13 2024 2:22PM  
Remove Stigma: Talk With Your Patients About Substance Use Disorder
This flyer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides examples of language that clinicians can use to reduce the stigma related to substance use disorders.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/13/2024    Date Last Modified: May 13 2024 2:06PM  
Disrupting stigma for families affected by substance use and mental disorders
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare prepared a brief to help health care teams reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder (SUD), especially as it affects families. The brief provides several strategies, including how to use language that helps fight stigma and ways to engage parents and family members affected by SUDs.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/04/2024    Date Last Modified: May 3 2024 1:24PM  
Ensuring Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Treatment through the Care Continuum Webinar Series
This series includes recordings of webinars that provide strategies, interventions and targeted solutions to ensure access to MOUD treatment through the care continuum.
Web link    Date Added: 03/28/2024    Date Last Modified: Mar 28 2024 2:19PM  
Reducing and Understanding Stigma Podcast
What makes it hard for people to access treatment for drug and alcohol addiction? How can health care providers, family members and friends help reduce stigma and provide support around recovery from addiction? Listen to this 8-minute podcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Overdose Prevention to learn more.
Web link    Date Added: 03/19/2024    Date Last Modified: Mar 19 2024 2:04PM  
Becoming MAT/MOUD certified, Current and Emerging Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 9
In this recorded webinar, a subject matter expert from the Opioid Response Network, discussed how health care providers can become certified to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and medications for medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
Video    Date Added: 11/17/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 17 2023 8:43AM  
Intro to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 8
In this recorded webinar, a subject matter expert from the Opioid Response Network, identified workflows to help providers screen people for substance use disorders. Participants also explored how motivational interviewing can help strengthen a person's motivation to fight addiction.
Video    Date Added: 11/15/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2023 2:09PM  
Addiction Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder - Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 4
This webinar focuses on the American Society of Addiction Medicine's outpatient addiction treatment levels. This is the fourth of the eight-part webinar series, Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid Use and Substance Use. The webinar also addresses how to address opioid use disorder in a general medical setting.
Video    Date Added: 11/15/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2023 1:40PM  
Treating Chronic Pain - Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 5
In this recorded webinar, a subject matter expert from the Opioid Response Network, defines chronic pain and describes the challenges in long-term treatment for those with chronic pain. Participants also reviewed alternatives to using prescription medications to treat pain.
Video    Date Added: 11/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2023 1:41PM  
Patient safety protocol now available for opioid stewardship
In September 2023, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released its latest "rapid evidence reports" on patient safety practices. Patient and family engagement is among the topics addressed in the reports. This website outlines this research protocol and its findings.
Web link    Date Added: 10/20/2023    Date Last Modified: Oct 20 2023 1:34PM  
Podcast Series: Buprenorphine Initiation in the Emergency Department – Why, When, and How?
Listen and learn from nationally recognized experts in four, 15-minute podcasts about the importance and effectiveness of starting buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder in emergency departments.
Podcast    Date Added: 10/20/2023    Date Last Modified: Oct 20 2023 7:04PM  
Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches
New approaches to managing pain are included in this 50-page eBook from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The NCCIH publication, which can be downloaded, provides an overview of complementary health approaches for pain, including acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, spinal manipulation, yoga and more.
Web link    Date Added: 10/13/2023    Date Last Modified: Oct 13 2023 2:16PM  
The Science of Addiction - Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 2
This recorded webinar focuses on evidence-based medical and behavioral interventions to treat opioid and substance use disorder. This is the second of a nine-part webinar series, Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid Use and Substance Use. The webinar also addresses the three phases of addiction and how the brain is affected by substance use.
Video    Date Added: 09/29/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2023 1:50PM  
Addressing Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) in Emergency Departments - Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 7
This recorded webinar addresses the role emergency departments can play when dealing with public health issues, like opioid use disorder. This is the seventh of a nine-part webinar series, Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid Use and Substance Use.
Video    Date Added: 09/29/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2023 1:56PM  
Intro to Medication Addiction Treatment - Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 3
In this recorded webinar, Dr. Michael Weaver discussed the FDA-approved medications for addiction treatment (MAT). Dr. Weaver also shared an example of a successful MAT treatment program that can be used in various health care settings. This webinar is the third in a nine-part series, Current & Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid Use & Substance Use.
Video    Date Added: 09/29/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2023 1:47PM  
Emergency Department Interventions for Opioid Use Disorder
For many individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), initial contact with the health care system occurs in the emergency department (ED) while experiencing an overdose or withdrawal symptoms. This overview of five case studies provides an evidence-based rationale for developing and funding ED-based programs to address and treat OUDs.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/18/2023    Date Last Modified: Sep 18 2023 2:55PM  
Connecting Communities to Substance Use Services: Practical Approaches for First Responders
This guide includes evidenced-based strategies and resources that first responder agencies, their partners and communities can use to link people who use drugs (PWUD) to substance-use services. The guide also examines things to consider when implementing approaches to support PWUD.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/30/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 30 2023 9:16AM  
Comfort Menu
Health care providers can give patients this menu of ways to take the edge off pain without using medications.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/15/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 24 2023 2:58PM  
Nursing Home Naloxone Policy & Procedure Toolkit
This toolkit provides easy-to-adapt policies and procedures for nursing homes that need to implement or improve their emergency response to opioid overdose, which includes naloxone administration.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/07/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 7 2023 12:17PM  
Shine a Light on Stigma: Series
Listen to these podcasts to learn more about substance use disorder (SUD) and why it should be seen as a chronic disease. Each episode describes how health care providers are striving to end the stigma that is associated with SUD.
Web link    Date Added: 08/07/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 7 2023 12:02PM  
AHRQ Stats: Emergency Department Visits for Substance Use Disorders
This article summarizes a 2019 study that found that the population rate of emergency department visits related to substance use disorders was highest among Black non-Hispanic individuals. Understanding how this and other findings can help highlight potential inequities in care.
Web link    Date Added: 07/24/2023    Date Last Modified: Jul 24 2023 1:22PM  
Navigating the New DEA 8-Hour Training Requirement for SUDS: What Prescribers Need to Know
Listen to this podcast to get a better understanding of how the Mainstream Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act changes how providers can treat people with substance use disorders. The podcost describes the new training requirements for clinicians who may need to provide the appropriate treatment of pain.
Web link    Date Added: 07/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Jul 10 2023 1:04PM  
Creating Pathways to Stability
This webinar recording describes a hospital and community health center collaboration that works to address the underlying needs of the patients who are most likely to become frequent visitors to hospital emergency rooms. The goal is to improve their quality of life outcomes and reduce readmissions while supporting substance users in central Houston.
Video    Date Added: 07/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 10 2023 4:36PM  
Buprenorphine Resource Guide
This guide shares FDA-approved formulations of buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder and pain management. Also included: a brief history of buprenorphine and its analgesic effects.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/26/2023    Date Last Modified: Jun 26 2023 2:39PM  
Buprenorphine for Pain: A Transition Guide from Full Agonist Opioid Prescriptions
This tool assists clinicians in switching patients from full opioid agonists to buprenorphine, a partial mixed opioid agonist for pain management. Note: the information in this document should not be considered medical advice and is not a substitute for individualized patient or client care and treatment decisions.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/26/2023    Date Last Modified: Jun 26 2023 2:49PM  
The opioid-use disorder discussed in "Contagious Conversations"
Treating chronic pain in light of the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic was the topic of the June 2023 episode of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Contagious Conversations." Dr. Chris Jones discusses how physicians are handling these challenges.
Web link    Date Added: 06/12/2023    Date Last Modified: Jun 12 2023 11:51AM  
Basics of Addiction - Current and Emerging Health Issues Related to Opioid and Substance Use, Session 1
In this webinar recording, Andrea Yatsco, PhD, and a certified alcohol and drug counselor/licensed chemical dependency counselor, provides an overview of substance abuse disorder. In this first of a nine-part series, Dr. Yatsco asks participants to consider what causes addiction and to examine how language can stigmatize those who have a substance use disorder.
Video    Date Added: 06/05/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2023 2:05PM  
What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids
This article explains why it's important for patients to ask their provider questions when they get a new prescription. This is especially important when patients get a prescription for an opioid pain medicine, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone or morphine.
Web link    Date Added: 05/15/2023    Date Last Modified: May 15 2023 9:07AM  
An exploratory study of a hands-on naloxone training for rural clinicians and staff
This article shares findings from a study conducted in November and December of 2021. Clinicians and staff at behavioral health clinics from two rural counties participated. Among the conclusions: Naloxone training can be beneficial for rural clinicians and staff who may need to respond quickly to someone experiencing an opioid overdose.
Web link    Date Added: 05/15/2023    Date Last Modified: May 15 2023 9:12AM  
Naloxone is now more accessible to prevent overdoses from opioids like Fentanyl
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an over-the-counter naloxone nasal spray. Called Narcan, the medicine that can reverse an opioid-related overdose can now be purchased in drug, convenience and grocery stores, as well as at gas stations and online.
Web link    Date Added: 03/29/2023    Date Last Modified: Mar 30 2023 4:58PM  
The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use
This article explores the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health and substance use, from before and after the pandemic.
Web link    Date Added: 03/23/2023    Date Last Modified: Mar 23 2023 12:34PM  
How Ready Is Your County to Help with Addiction Recovery?
This new index is designed to assess the “recovery environment” in each U.S. county. The tool provides information on the availability of different treatment options, support systems for people in recovery, and social factors such as housing costs, transportation, and more.
Web link    Date Added: 02/16/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 16 2023 1:27PM  
Opioid Patient Prescriber Agreement (PPA)
This Opioid Patient Prescriber Agreement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can be shared with patients to help them make informed decisions about opioid treatment for acute or persistent pain and encourage safe and appropriate use.
Web link    Date Added: 02/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 10 2023 2:30PM  
Strategies to Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths: Promote Evidence-based Solutions from Prevention to Recovery
This infogram from National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) provides a high-level overview of the community-level strategies to reduce drug overdose deaths include promoting evidence-based solutions in prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery efforts.
Web link    Date Added: 02/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 10 2023 2:32PM  
Drug Disposal: Drug Take Back Locations
Medicine take back options are the best way to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription and nonprescription (for example, over the counter) medicines. Use this U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) site to find drug take back locations.
Web link    Date Added: 02/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 10 2023 2:35PM  
SOAPP-R (utahmed.org)
The Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain- Revised (SOAPP®-R) is a tool for clinicians to help determine how much monitoring a patient on long-term opioid therapy might require.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 10 2023 2:37PM  
Rx Awareness Testimonial Postcard
This motivational postcard from the CDC provides awareness that there is a way out of addiction, there is hope, and recovery is possible.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 10 2023 2:28PM  
Using Person-Centered Language to Improve Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Through its Shine a Light on Stigma campaign, Superior Health--a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization--is encouraging individuals and organizations to pledge their commitment to using non-stigmatizing, person-centered language when interacting with people with substance use disorder.
Web link    Date Added: 09/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 9:58AM  
Clinical Decision Support Flowchart for Prescribing Opioids
This resource offers general recommendations for treating chronic pain. Included are guidelines and tools for determining when to prescribe opioids. From the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Michigan's Injury Prevention Center.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/26/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 26 2022 8:29AM  
Pain Management and Opioids CME
Fulfill state-mandated requirements while learning best practices for managing patients' pain through the free New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids CME module. The module is offered in partnership with Boston University School of Medicine's Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program.
Web link    Date Added: 07/14/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 14 2022 1:53PM  
Opioid Use Disorder Intervention List
Download this two-page handout the TMF Quality Innovation Network developed to ensure providers offer effective pain management and care of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/19/2022    Date Last Modified: May 19 2022 12:57PM  
Prescrption Drug Monitoring Programs
This document has links to the Prescription Drug Montoring Programs in Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and Texas.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/19/2022    Date Last Modified: May 19 2022 11:56AM  
National Naloxone Map
The National Naloxone Map, maintained by New America, to see where naloxone is available in your state. (If the interactive map doesn’t appear when you click on the link, try copying and opening the link in a different browser.)
Web link    Date Added: 05/18/2022    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 9:01AM  
Evidence-Informed Pain Management: Principles of Pain Care from the AMA Pain Care Task Force
Pain continues to be the one of the most common reasons many patients seek medical care in the United States, writes the American Medical Association (AMA), The AMA Pain Care Task Force, formed in 2018, explores safe and effective ways to care for patients with undertreated, mistreated pain and chronic pain. This document explains the AMA's principles of pain care.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/18/2022    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 7:58AM  
Treating Opioid Use Disorder as a Chronic Condition: A Practice Manual for Family Physicians
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic, relapsing condition, according to the AAFP. This AAFP practice manual proposes that OUD treatment is within the family physician’s scope of practice and guides primary care providers in incorporating opioid screening and brief interventions, as well as evidence-based treatment.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/18/2022    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:00AM  
Operation Naloxone Expansion (2019)
Operation Naloxone, funded by a SAMHSA grant program, is intended, in part, to prepare, locate and implement trainings across Texas in opioid awareness, overdose prevention and naloxone use. Naloxone counters the effects of opioid overdoses by allowing overdose victims to resume normal breathing.
Web link    Date Added: 05/18/2022    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:58AM  
Opioid Adverse Drug Events: Keeping a Pulse Check on Health Care Facility’s Events
Use the Opioid Adverse Drug Event Review Tool, created by Health Quality Innovators (HQI), to document what happened and identify next steps to avoid future adverse drug events.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/07/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 7 2023 12:00PM  
Adverse Drug Event Tracer: Opioids
Hospitals and other health care facilities can download this tool from TMF Health Quality Institute to help them assess their readiness to prevent or react to an adverse drug event.
Microsoft Word    Date Added: 04/14/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:39AM  
Opioid Risk Tool
A brief, self-report screening tool designed for use with adult patients in primary care settings to assess risk for opioid abuse among those prescribed opioids for treatment of chronic pain.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/19/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:22AM  
Opioid Treatment Program Directory
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains this directory, which lists programs available in the United States. Access your state from the drop-down menu.
Web link    Date Added: 01/18/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:51AM  
Calculating Total Daily Dose of Opioids for Safer Dosage
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet provides clinical guidance on dosage of opioids for treatment of chronic pain.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/18/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:21AM  
Medication Reconciliation: Tips for Conducting a Patient Medication Interview
Medication reconciliation is a complex process that impacts all patients as they move through various health care settings. This toolkit item provides tips for conducting a patient medication interview.
Web link    Date Added: 01/15/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:26AM  
Pain Assessment and Documentation Tool (PADT)
Download this tool from the Center to Advance Palliative Care. Some sections of the form should be filled out by the practice’s clinician; other sections should be filled out by the physician.
Web link    Date Added: 01/15/2021    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:34AM  
Buprenorphine Practitioner Locator
Use this U.S. map to locate physicians authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine. Language assistance available for Spanish and multiple languages.
Web link    Date Added: 11/21/2016    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:54AM  
Pain Zone Tool
Give this resource to patients with high pain levels to help them learn when to call the doctor or visit an emergency room.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/14/2016    Date Last Modified: May 18 2022 8:41AM  
Paquete para facilitar el cambio: Mejoremos los resultados de salud del comportamiento, enfocándonos en la reducción del uso inapropiado de opioides
TMF Quality Innovation Network, en virtud del contrato con CMS, preparó este paquete para facilitar el cambio y proporcionar a las comunidades estrategias para combatir el abuso, el uso inapropiado y las sobredosis de opioides y aumentar el acceso a los servicios de salud del comportamiento.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/08/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2022 4:49PM