November/December 2014 Issue
How to Monitor Opioid Use for Your Patients With Chronic Pain [Feature]

A written policy, systematic process, and simple tools can help you to prescribe opioids safely and securely.

May/June 2014 Issue
Safe Opioids [SPPACES: App Reviews]

The Safe Opioids app provides resources and tools to help clinicians safely prescribe opioid medications for pain.

November/December 2010 Issue
A Proactive Approach to Controlled Substance Refills [Feature]

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.

Apr 2008 Issue
A Systematic Approach to Identifying Drug-Seeking Patients [Feature]

The article describes a systematic, team-based approach for identifying drug-seeking patients and reducing the misuse of prescription medications.

Nov-Dec 2001 Issue
A Tool for Safely Treating Chronic Pain [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains how one family practice uses a "medication use agreement" to prevent medication misuse while helping patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Oct 2001 Issue
Recognizing and Preventing Medication Diversion [Feature]

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.

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