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A written policy, systematic process, and simple tools can help you to prescribe opioids safely and securely.
The Safe Opioids app provides resources and tools to help clinicians safely prescribe opioid medications for pain.
The authors describe a process whereby practices can manage prescriptions for patients on narcotics for chronic pain, ensuring that patients have signed narcotics agreements, that prescriptions are refilled appropriately on schedule, that urine toxicology screening is carried out as appropriate. The process is also useful for patients taking stable dosages of other controlled substances.
The article describes a systematic, team-based approach for identifying drug-seeking patients and reducing the misuse of prescription medications.
The article explains how one family practice uses a "medication use agreement" to prevent medication misuse while helping patients who suffer from chronic pain.
This article explains how to spot patients who are diverting or abusing prescription pain medications and offers tips on how to prevent diversion and abuse while providing high-quality care for pain.