Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

Educational Materials

Primary care physicians are the intended audience for these educational resources.

Opioid Prescribing Guide

Cautious, Evidence-based Opioid Prescribing (PDF)


Slide Presentations

Managing Pain with and without Opioids in the Primary
Care Setting (PDF)
CDC’s Primary Care and Public Health Initiative
October 24, 2012


Prescription Drug Abuse and Overdose: Public Health
Perspective (PDF)
CDC’s Primary Care and Public Health Initiative
October 24, 2012



Educational Videos

 

Effectiveness for Chronic Pain
This video is new and features interviews with Drs. Mark Sullivan, Alex Cahana and Gilbert Fanciullo. The primary goal is to communicate that long-term opioid therapy is not an evidence-based treatment for chronic pain.



Addiction is NOT Rare in Pain Patients
This video has been revised and now features a clip of CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden. It also includes interviews with Drs. Russell Portenoy*, Nathaniel Katz*, Andrew Kolodny and Thomas Kosten. The purpose of this video is to communicate that pain patients can become addicted to opioids and that misinformation on this topic played a role in causing the epidemic.



High Dose Opioid Therapy
This video has been revised and now features Dr. Lynn Webster*, President-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. It also includes Betty Tully and Drs. Jane Ballantyne, and Thomas Kosten. The purpose of this video is to correct the misperception that there is no upper dose limit for opioid therapy and to communicate that high dose prescribing is a dangerous practice.

Understanding Physical Dependence
This video has been revised and now features Dr. Mark Sullivan from the University of Washington. It also includes Betty Tully and Drs. Jane Ballantyne, and Thomas Kosten. The purpose of this video is help prescribers and the public better understand the meaning of the term physical dependence and to correct the misperception that physical dependence on opioids is benign and clinically unimportant.


Asterisks (*) indicates that speaker has relationships with opioid manufacturers.



Best Advice for People Taking Opioid Medication
This 11 -minute YouTube video by Dr. Mike Evans is great for both patients and clinicians.