In 2012, the FSMB in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) met to begin the process of revising FSMB’s responsible opioid prescribing and office-based opioid treatment policies. FSMB’s Workgroup on Pain Policy and the Workgroup on Office-Based Opioid Treatment met periodically and after receiving comments from FSMB's member boards and other key stakeholder organizations, the final policy documents of Model Policy on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Model Policy on DATA 2000 and Treatment of Opioid Addiction in the Medical Office were adopted in 2013.
In accordance with a contract awarded by SAMHSA, FSMB created learning activities to educate the state medical boards and the physicians and other health care providers they license on the recently revised pain policies. These learning activities serve as a valuable resource to physicians seeking education related to opioid addiction as well as the appropriate use of opioid analgesics in the treatment of pain. These courses are available free of charge to the learner and may be taken for continuing medical education credit.
Other Resources for Pharmacovigilance and Pain Management In addition to staying current with state and federal regulations governing controlled substance prescribing, it's also important to stay abreast of safe and effective pain management. As with any job, effectively treating patients in chronic pain is easier when you use the right tools. These include assessment instruments, scales for quantifying pain, intake questionnaires, patient education handouts and well-crafted doctor-patient agreements. Many versions of these kinds of tools are available for downloading from the Internet and can be accessed from the following websites.