The opioid overdose crisis has focused attention on evolving best practices for treating patients who use prescribed opioids for pain management, patients who develop complications from opioid use and patients who have been diagnosed with opioid use disorder. Health care providers who prescribe opioids or serve patients experiencing pain can satisfy a patient’s clinical needs and review opioid prescriptions. The Opioid Prescribing and Pain Management Toolbox highlights evidence-based practices and guidelines to help health care providers deliver compassionate, clinically appropriate pain management and opioid use disorder treatment.
The Toolbox has been designed by members of the Opioid Community of Practice, a multijurisdictional, multisector collaborative coordinated by the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. OCP members include the following.
- Local public health agencies across Missouri
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
- University of Missouri, St. Louis – Missouri Institute of Mental Health (UMSL-MIMH)
- Missouri Hospital Association
- Missouri Primary Care Association
- Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis
- St. Louis Regional Health Commission
The Toolbox has been thoroughly reviewed by practicing health care providers who work within primary care, pain management, emergency department and behavioral health specialties. While this Toolbox is intended to be a resource for health care providers, it is not intended to provide medical advice.