Prescribing Best Practices

Note: These sources found through search going back to 2010. Abbreviations noted at end.







CDC Guideline


“CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain”

Haegerich & Dowell (6/22/16)

PowerPoint presentation on CDC Guidelines

CDC Prescribing Guideline


CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury (March 2017)

Guidelines for prescribing with links to other resources including JAMA Special Communication (22 pp.) and

CDC Prescribing Guideline


Guideline Resources: Clinical Tools

Date unknown

Links to all of the prescribing brochures including the Mobile App, Pharmacists’ Brochure, Tapering, Factsheet, Checklist, Nonopioid Treatments, Assessing Benefits and Harms Calculating Dosage, PDMPs, Infographic, and Turn-the-Tide Pocket Guide

CDC Prescribing Guideline and Training


Guideline Information for Providers: Safe Prescribing Saves Lives

Updated Feb 2017

Link to the Guideline, JAMA commentary, data overview, etc.

Prescribing Brochure


Promoting Patient Care and Safety

Date unknown

Brochure for prescribing



Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

Date unknown

CE credits available; includes links to provider resources; one module

Evidence Review

CDC Grand Rounds*

Clinical Evidence Review for the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Mar 18, 2016

Addresses the evidence regarding (1) effectiveness, (2) harms and adverse events, (3) dosing strategies, (4) risk assessment and risk mitigation strategies, (5) long-term use.







Monitoring Program


Vital Signs

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)





Vital Signs

Opioid Prescribing-Where You Live Matters

NICPC/ Division of Bacterial Diseases (July 2017)

State comparisons; promising actions for safer opioid prescribing

Prescribing Guideline Workgroup



Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Workgroup (Opioid Guideline Workgroup)


Work group charge, membership; link to report by Porucznik (2016)

Prescribing Overview


Vital Signs

Opioid Prescribing-Overview


Link to Vital Signs Factsheet; state comparisons ; ;;

Prescription Monitoring Programs



Integrating & Expanding Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data: Lessons from Nine States (15 pp.)

Updated March 2017

Illinois received SAMHSA funds from 2012-2016 to increase use of PDMPs and effective reduce prescription opioid misuse and overdose

Available at

CDC Guideline


“CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain-United States, 2016”

Dowell, Haegerich, &

Chou; March 2016/


CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (note link to an Errata)

CDC Prescribing Guideline Development


Common Elements in Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain


Report of existing professional guidelines used to develop the CDC Guideline

PDF document

Dosing Titration

CDC/Office of Public Health Preparedness and

Dosing and Titrating Opioids

August 17, 2016

PowerPoint presentation

PDF document of slide presentation

Training Webinars

CDC/Office of Public Health Preparedness and

CDC’s Guideline webinar series


Webinars include Overview, Non-opioid treatments, Assessing Benefits and Harms of Opioid Therapy, Dosing and Titration of opioids, Assessment and Evidence-Based Treatments for OUD, Risk Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Opioid Overdoses, Effectively Communicating with Patients

Prescription Monitoring Program

Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)



Electronic tool that collects information on controlled substance prescriptions; available to pharmacists and prescribers



Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs

January 2015

Describes SAMHSA’s expectations of how federal treatment standards are to be satisfied by opioid treatment programs (OTPs).

Search for name of report, and there will be a link to the PDF version.

Medication-Assisted Treatment


Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Pocket Guide (16 pp.)

March 2016

­Checklist for prescribing opioids, approved treatments for OUD, ideal candidates, contraindications, warnings, Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale; can order manual or free download [have had some trouble with this link]

Practice Guidelines

WellCare Health Plans

Pain Management Clinical Practice Guideline, HS-1064

Apr 2017

Highlights of guidelines from AAN, AAPM, WHO, and APS; includes educational materials that are available only to members

*CDC Grand Rounds can be found in CDC Stacks/Public Health Publications


CRHSS                  Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development located at SIU Carbondale campus

CBHA                    Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois

ICJIA                      Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

IPRRC                   The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, National Institutes of Health

MMWR                  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

NCHS                    National Center for Health Statistics

NCIPC                   National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

NIDA                     National Institute on Drug Abuse

ONDCP                 Office of National Drug Control Policy

SAMHSA               Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services