Pain Management & Opioid Abuse Resources
Chronic pain represents a substantial public health issue with tremendous economic, social, and medical costs. As the percentage of the U.S. population utilizing opioid analgesics for pain control grows, so do the rates of abuse, misuse, and overdose of these drugs. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes the seriousness of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States. As a medical organization, we must address the ongoing public health responsibility to provide adequate pain management.
The AAFP is actively working toward addressing pain managment and opioid abuse problems in the U.S. through advocacy, collaboration, and education.
Practical tools to support patient care strategies
Data and resources to collaborate with community-based organizations
Information on local, state, and national advocacy efforts
Evidence-based knowledge and education
Opioid Abuse Support
- National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) Addiction Performance(www.drugabuse.gov) -- This online tool, developed in cooperation with the AAFP, may help you identify and help drug-abusing patients.
- Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) Modules(pcss-o.org)
- Stop the Stigma of Substance Abuse(www.ama-assn.org) - Read the AMA's Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse education piece about reducing the stigma of opioid abuse.
- Basics of Quality Improvement - Learn more about and implement quality improvement.
Coding & Payment
- Article: CCM Blling Code - Medicare now offers payment for chronic care management (CCM). Family Practice Managment details the information and tools your practice needs to bill for these services.
- AAFP position paper: Opioid and Pain Management
- National Take-back Initiative(www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov)
- The North American Syringe Exchange Network(nasen.org) - The North American Syringe Exchange Network is provided as a public health information resource. Please inform yourself about local laws and regulations before participating in syringe exchange services.
- Up and Away Campaign(upandaway.org) - The AAFP is a partner of this CDC campaign aimed at keeping drugs out of the reach of children.
- Good Samaritan and Naloxone Access Laws(www.ama-assn.org) - Find out the laws in your state.
- NIH's National Pain Strategy(iprcc.nih.gov) - Physician education on pain treatment.
- Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies/Prescription Drug Abuse - The AAFP works with a number of federal agencies to develop policies that reduce the risk of prescription drug misuse, while allowing for the appropriate, medically supervised treatment of debilitating, chronic pain. See recent letters of recommendations to lawmakers.
- Read a recent FP Essentials™ edition on Chronic Pain Management, free for AAFP members (log-in required)(60 page PDF)
- Watch the following CME webcasts and earn up to 1 Prescribed credit for each webcast. Free for AAFP members (log-in required)
Appropriate and Effective Pain Management - Overcoming the Barriers
Chronic Pain: Management and Safe Treatment
- More CME on Pain Management - Earn CME credit and get the knowledge you need to treat your patients living with chronic pain.
For Your Patients
Educational information to provide to patients and/or their caregivers
FamilyDoctor.org is the AAFP patient education website featuring trusted, reliable health information. Read more about pain management and opioid abuse at familydoctor.org