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RESPONSIBLE OPIOID PRESCRIBING: A PHYSICIAN'S GUIDE

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.


Federal Government Resources:

1) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): www.samhsa.gov 2) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): www.usdoj.gov/dea/index.htm

3) U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): www.fda.gov

4) The Office of National Drug Control Policy: www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov

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State Laws, Regulations and Policies

Medical Specialty Society Sites

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Non-profit Pain Organizations and Other Sites of Interest

Treatment Consensus Statements, Guides and Guidelines

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Pain and Function Assessment Tools

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Medical Journals Focusing on Pain

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Educational Information for Consumers

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