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Opioids and Pain Management

The United States' escalating opioid epidemic, with drug overdose deaths on the rise since 1999, has led to a wave of laws, regulations, and guidelines implemented at the federal and state level in an effort to curb substance use disorder.

The FSMB supports its member boards through policy analysis and development on key issues impacting medical regulation, including opioid prescribing and pain management. FSMB's official public policies are intended to give guidance and encourage consistency among state medical boards in order to protect the public and improve the quality, safety, and integrity of health care.

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State Opioid Policies

Federation of State Medical Boards Opioid Policy Survey, 2019

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

State-by-State Overview

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Medical Marijuana

State-by-State Overview of Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines

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Pain Management

Board-by-Board Overview of Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines

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Continuing Education

Continuing Medical Education

Board-by-Board Overview of Opioid/Pain Management-Related CME

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FSMB Policies

2019: Report on Resolution 18-1: Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

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2018: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

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2017: Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics

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2016: Model Guidelines for the Recommendation of Marijuana in Patient Care

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2013: Model Policy on DATA 2000 and Treatment of Opioid Addiction in the Medical Office

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