Opioid Crisis and Pain Management

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Learn about the opioid crisis, safe opioid prescribing, and overdose prevention.

Opioids and the Opioid Crisis

Review general information and related resources on opioids, including an overview of how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health are taking steps to combat it. Read about other current national strategies and guidelines to tackle the crisis, such as:

To learn more about the impact of the opioid crisis through experiences and personal accounts from a physician, a first responder, and a patient, check out these three videos.

For insights from NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow, read her blog:

Opioids, Pregnancy, and Neonatal Care

Pregnancy and the postpartum period are critical times to intervene to help women with unhealthy substance use and their babies. Visit the Opioids, Pregnancy, and Neonatal Care page for practice guidance; research and news; and further education for clinicians on treating opioid-dependent pregnant women, mothers, and infants.

Opioid Prescribing & Pain

Discover resources to help address pain and that you can use in your practice before, during, and after prescribing opioids.

Considerations before Prescribing Opioids

Before prescribing, consider familiarizing yourself with the resources below:

Visit the NIDAMED Health Professions Education page for continuing education courses related to opioids.

Patient Forms

Monitoring Opioid Prescriptions

Changing or Discontinuing Opioids

Find additional opioid prescribing resources for prescribers, pharmacists, and patients from the Boston Medical Center TOPCARE (Transforming Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care) team.

Pain Resources

View the research and learn more about managing different types of pain with these tools: