Prescribing opioids for chronic pain can become a delicate balance between alleviating a patient’s ongoing discomfort and the risks of prescribing. Consider the tools linked below for insight on managing patients with chronic pain.
- The American Association of Family Practitioners offers a Pain Management and Opioid Abuse Toolkit and a Chronic Pain Management CME subscription.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a document entitled “Non-opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain” that details alternative medications and recommendations for treating common pain conditions.
- The CDC also has a Pocket Guide: Tapering Opioids for Chronic Pain.
- Oregonpainguidance.org offers a Tapering Flow Sheet detailing best practices for tapering the prescription of benzodiazepine and other opioids.