Improved Prescribing Rates and Education for Doctors
More tools exist now that can help guide doctors, dentists and surgeons with helping their patients, including:
- The Opioid Risk Tool to determine if the patient is at greater risk of opioid dependence.
- Opioid Wisely which is used to encourage conversation between doctors and patients, to ultimately reduce harms that are associated with prescribing opioids.
- Opioid Manager that supports doctors prescribe and manage patients experiencing chronic non-cancer pain.
These methods are all designed to help prevent opioid use from occurring in the first place – with more education and knowledge about when and how to prescribe opioids, we can save many people from beginning to use them at all.