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Resources & Education

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Whether you’re a provider looking to obtain your x-waiver, learn about appropriate tapering, or treat patients with OUD who are pregnant, there are many great resources available for additional education. Here, we’ve amassed a collection of websites and fact sheets that we’ve pulled from for the most up-to-date information.

General Provider Resources

A list of useful resources from the California Department of Health Care Services, including links to several places both MDs and mid-level practitioners can obtain their x-waiver.
DHCS Training & Resources

CDPH comprehensive resource sheet for opioid prescribers:
Resource Sheet (PDF)

UCSF Substance Use Warmline — free and confidential consultation for clinicians from the Clinician Consultation Center at San Francisco General Hospital focusing on substance use in primary care:
Substance Use Warmline (PDF)

General Provider Resources

Motivational Interviewing Resources

The College of Family Physicians on Canada:
Tapering opioids using motivational interviewing

A trove of information, resources and a couple of short videos on MI, all on one page:
The Retention Toolkit – Motivational Interviewing

A Tour of Motivational Interviewing: a 4 hour, online, self-paced course with 4 CME’s available:
UCLA Tour of Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing

Safe Prescribing & Tapering

Safe Prescribing for Pain module available for free on the National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) site:
NIDA Safe Prescribing for Pain 

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain:
CDC Guidelines Factsheet (PDF)

CDC Pocket Guide: Tapering Opioids For Chronic Pain:
CDC Pocket Guide (PDF)

How to talk to patients about reducing opioids by Dr. C. Waller:
17-Minute YouTube Video by Dr. Waller 

Treating Pain and Addiction in Complex Patients by Dr. C. Waller:
43-Minute YouTube Video by Dr. Waller 

The California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard for state and county level overdose and prescription data:
California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard

An excellent resource from Health & Human Services for further information on safe prescribing for opioids:
HHS Safe Opioid Prescribing 

Safe Prescribing & Tapering

Treating OUD in Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines for opioid use and opioid use disorder in pregnancy:
Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Fact sheets and brochures from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on opioid use disorder and pregnancy:
Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy Factsheet

Safe Pregnancy Prescribing

Chronic Pain Management / Alternative Therapies

Pain Management Best Practices (PDF) –an interagency task force report from the Dept. of Health and Human Services. This comprehensive document contains recommendations for best practices for managing acute and chronic pain, including alternative therapies.

Chronic Pain Management
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