Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
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The Arizona Department of Health is very pleased to announce the release of the final version of the Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines - a voluntary, consensus set of guidelines that promote best practices for prescribing opioids for acute and chronic pain. The goal of these guidelines is to balance the appropriate treatment of pain with approaches to more safely prescribe opioids. The guidelines are intended for use by a variety of clinicians in primary care and specialty outpatient settings who treat acute pain and/or manage chronic pain that is not occurring at the end of life and not due to malignancy. These Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines complement other statewide documents articulating best practices for Emergency Department Controlled Substance Prescribing (http://azdhs.gov/phs/owch/pdf/injuryprevention/az-emergency-prescribing-guidelines.pdf) and Dispensing Controlled Substances (http://www.azpharmacy.org/general/custom.asp?page=112).
The Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines are the result of the input and expertise of practitioners from across the state representing professional associations, health plans, academic institutions, federal healthcare providers, and many others. While the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) coordinated the development of the guidelines, we are grateful to all of you who participated in the development and to all of you who will help disseminate these guidelines through your various networks.
The Guidelines are posted on the ADHS clinicians' website: ADHS clinicians' website: http://azdhs.gov/clinicians/clinical-guidelines-recommendations/index.php?pg=prescribing. You'll find the complete, comprehensive guidance document and a one page summary for each of the Guidelines for acute (http://azdhs.gov/clinicians/documents/clinical-guidelines-recommendations/prescribing-guidelines/141121-acute-pain.pdf) and chronic (http://azdhs.gov/clinicians/documents/clinical-guidelines-recommendations/prescribing-guidelines/141121-chronic-non-terminal-pain.pdf) pain. The online version has the advantage of including hyperlinks to other national and state resources.
An important next step in encouraging use of the Arizona Opioid Prescribing Guidelines is to offer training that will help prescribers implement Arizona's guidelines. The University of Arizona is in the process of putting together free, online training that is expected to be available in January. See http://www.vlh.com/AZPrescribing for more information.