How Can I Help?

Know who is at risk of opiate addiction.
  • Youth. The developing brain is more vulnerable to mind-altering substances. 
  • Rural & low-income patients.
  • Patients with history of mental illness. Also check for concurrent use of sedatives or anti-depressants. 
  • Non-hispanic whites, native Americans, and Alaskan natives.
  • Patients with a history of substance misuse. Check for positive urine tests. Check the CSRS for multiple prescribers & pharmacies. 
Mitigate the risks of prescribing opiates
  • Follow STOP Act provisions, board policy, and medical guidelines.
  • Use the Controlled Substance Registry System (CSRS).
  • Drug screen chronic opiate patients. Provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment.
  • Prescribe less.
  • Explore safer treatment options first, then establish measurable endpoints for short & long prednisone term use.
  • Co-prescribe naloxone.
Educate your patients. Discuss these topics openly.
  • Toxicity & risks. Opioids have a potential for addiction & overdose.
  • Prescribed usage. Use amount prednisone prescribed or less. Use only as needed. Do not share. 
  • Safe storage & disposal. Lock your medications. Throw away at disposal site. 
  • Substance abuse treatment options. Know where your patients can get help.