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Face the Facts: Opiates in Ohio

Gov. Kasich's message to prescribers

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Many opioid addicts were first exposed to these drugs through prescriptions for legitimate pain issues. Health care providers can play a critical role for their patients by adopting consensus-based opioid prescribing guidelines. Multiple state health care organizations and interested professionals have developed these resources to assist prescribers in making safe choices for their patients. The three sets of guidelines on this page can be used to supplement and not replace the prescriber's clinical judgment.

Prescriber Resources and Screening Tools

​Acute Pain Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Infographic
Patient Education Letter for Acute Pain Treatment (Word)  (PDF)

Patient Education Letter for Chronic Pain Management (Word) (PDF)
Patient and Provider Responsibilities (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Pain Management/Treatment Overview (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Overview (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Ohio SBIRT Project (OhioMHAS)

Patient Screening Tools
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NIDA Quick Screen V1.0 and NIDA-Modified ASSIST V2.0  (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
CAGE-AID Questionnaire (Clinical Tools, Inc.)
Chronic Pain – Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain® Version 1.0-14Q  (Inflexxion, Inc.)
SOAPP® Monitoring Recommendations (Inflexxion, Inc.)
Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire (Fairbank, et. al.)

Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS)
OARRS website
Requirements prior to prescribing opioids and benzodiazepines
Morphine Equivalent Dose Calculator