The Oregon Medical Board endorsed these guidelines in January 2017.
The Oregon Pain Guidance website provides pain management guidance and tools for healthcare professionals as well as patients and families.
The Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) assists healthcare professionals in providing better patient care.
COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) Course – The University of Washington's free, online, interactive course promotes a shared decision-making approach between providers and patients.
The U.S. Surgeon General asks physicians and physician assistants to help address the prescription opioid crisis. Resources and more information are available at www.TurnTheTideRx.org.
Note: The National Transportation Safety Board reminds health care providers to discuss with patients the effects that their medical conditions and medications may have on their ability to safely operate a vehicle in any mode of transportation.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction – Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are now included among the healthcare professionals who may provide MAT for opioid addiction. More information is available on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. All MAT providers must complete training and be granted a waiver by the DEA. The required 24-hour continuing education training is free and available through the Providers' Clinical Support System.
SAMHSA began certifying PAs and NPs on February 21, 2017. As of August 28, there were 687 certified PAs nationwide and 2,471 certified NPs. SAMHSA says, "More buprenorphine prescribers are needed to combat the opioid crisis and treat substance use disorders, particularly in rural areas."