Category: Health Care Providers

PAINS Policy Brief #4: Opioid Treatment Agreements or “Contracts” – Insert

Pain care in the United States presents a complex set of challenges. On the one hand, there is ample documentation that pain, especially chronic pain, is often not well managed, and that as the Institute of Medicine has stated, we need a “cultural transformation in how pain is judged, managed and treated” to advance pain More Info »

Eight Opioid Prescribing Principles for Providers

Help Minimize Harm When Prescribing Opioids and Other Psychotherapeutics Assess patients for risk of abuse before starting opioid therapy and manage accordingly Watch for and treat comorbid mental disease if present Conventional conversion tables can cause harm and should be used cautiously when rotating (switching) from one opioid to another Avoid combining benzodiazepines with opioids, More Info »