Resources for Healthcare Providers
We know that the process of prescribing medicine can be complex. And it isn’t always easy to tell whether opioid prescriptions are being misused. If you do think a patient is misusing or addicted to opioids, address the issue right away.
Here are a few things you can do to help as a provider:
- Register and use MassPat. For more information and for MassPat training videos visit Mass.gov.
- Know the signs of addiction.
- Prescribe Narcan to anyone you know using opioids, whether prescribed or illicit.
- Take the Scope of Pain online training. There, you can learn more about how to safely manage patients with chronic pain, including when and how to prescribe opioid therapy.
- Become a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) provider.
- Learn evidence-based approaches, like motivational interviewing, to intervene with a patient. Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered counseling technique that helps elicit and solidify a person’s motivation for change.
- Implement Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in your office. SBIRT is an evidence-based method for intervening with risky substance use and getting patients into treatment.
- Order free brochures and posters for your office from the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse.
- Click here for a copy of the Opioid Treatment Resource Guide