Resources – Prescribers

Below are some of the resources that outline what prescribers need to know about opioid safety and naloxone use.

Title/Link Source Type/Description

Opioid Overdose Toolkit

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Toolkit – Offers advice to help prevent opioid-related overdoses
S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N. VA National Academic Detailing Service Catalog – Educational materials helpful to providing academic detailing for providers managing patients with conditions related to pain
Prescribe to Prevent: Overdose prevention and naloxone rescue kits for prescribers and pharmacists Boston University

Training – program for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists intended to educate on how to prevent overdoses among patients and their social networks

Opioid safety provider education resource website VA


Pain Management and Opioid Safety in the Military Health System (MHS) DHA-PI 6025.04


Safe Opioid Prescribing DVCIPM (JPEP)

Video – Utilizes the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, clinical practice, guidelines, and medical evidence to provide an overview for opioid prescribing and tapering

Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain Pocket Guide (2017) VA/DoD

Pocket Guide – Helps prescribers assess the risks and benefits of initiating or continuing opioid therapy and recommended strategies for managing tapering, withdrawal and discontinuation

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain (CPG) VA/DoD

Video – CPG – Describes the critical decision points in the Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain and provides clear and comprehensive evidence-based recommendations