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As a health care provider here are some things that can help when it comes to prescribing or dealing with opioids:

  • Use MassPat, or Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool, that helps support safe prescribing and dispensing of medications.
  • Be familiar with the signs of addiction
  • Prescribe Narcan to all patients known to use opioids, whether they are using legally or not
  • Be aware of other chronic pain management techniques and when/how to prescribe opioids through a scope of pain online training
  • Become a MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) Provider
  • Learn about different ways to intervene and talk to patients, like Motivational Interviewing to counsel a patient in a patient centered way the help to find a patient’s motivation for change
  • Another intervention technique is SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment), it is a way to intervene a patient’s risky substance use and get them treatment
  • If you are looking for informational handouts or posters visit the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse
  • Here is the BOAPC resource guide