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Opioid Prescribing

Information on prescribing opioids for pain management.

Rules

On November 2, 2016, the Board of Medicine adopted opioid prescribing rules Med 502 pdf file which became effective January 1, 2017. Please take the time to review these important rules.

Use of a Opioid Dose Equivalent Calculator is recommended for prescribers of opioids.

The Board also shares a sample Checklist for the Prescribing of Opioids for the Management or Treatment of Pain pdf file.

Board-Approved Risk Assessment Tools

Disposing of Unused Opioids

Information Regarding the State's New Addiction Crisis Hotline

For immediate assistance with addiction or substance misuse call the New Hampshire Statewide Addiction Crisis Line toll-free at 1-844-711-HELP (4357) or via email at hope@keystonehall.org.

Opioid and Substance Related Resources

Naloxone

Clinical Resources

  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a strategy in the healthcare sector for reinforcing healthy behaviors, identifying problematic drug and alcohol use early, reducing substance misuse, and referring to treatment those who need it. This evidence based practice is a process with three main elements - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in medical settings.
  • The NH Prescription Drug Monitoring Program offers prescribers and pharmacists a valuable tool for improving both patient care and the health and safety of our communities. By taking advantage of this resource, prescribers will not only better manage patients' health and prescription usage, but also promote public health and safety through the prevention and treatment for controlled substance abuse, and assist in the reduction of the diversion of controlled substances.
  • The Federation of State Medical Boards offers a free CME entitled Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing.
  • The Massachusetts Medical Society offers a free Opioid Prescribing Series for CME credit.

Treatment Tools

  • Buprenorphine providers are available to assist patients in need of medication assisted treatment for a substance use disorder.
  • Find providers offering withdrawal management, outpatient counseling, residential treatment, recovery supports and other types of services for people experiencing problems with alcohol and other drug use, including addiction.
  • Additional resources for providers and patients can be found at drugfreenh.gov.

Board Approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) regarding Opioid Prescribing

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