Michigan Safer Opioid Prescribing Toolkit
A new, real-time resource created for practicing clinical providers and their patients.
This section contains general information on pain and pain management, and an overview on treating patients with chronic pain.
Background on Opioid Use, Pain, and Pain Management
- Definition & Types of Pain
- Background on the Management of Acute & Chronic Pain
- How to Have Difficult Conversations about Pain Management
- Health Disparities
- Reducing Stigma
Use these just-in-time tools and resources — like screening and assessment tools, pain management agreements — to help guide your clinical practice.
Resources for Nurses
Resources and tools for non-prescribing nurses. If you are an Advanced Practice Provider (APP), please look in the “Just-In-Time Tools” and “Management Strategies” sections.
Management Strategies for Chronic Opioid Use & Opioid Use Disorders
When treating patients with chronic opioid use and/or a chronic opioid use disorder, refer to these resources on medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), naloxone, and linkages to mental health and substance abuse services.
Special Topics & Populations
Not all patients and populations with acute and/or chronic pain are alike. This section contains resources and considerations when managing pain in special populations or circumstances.
Non-Opioid/Non-Pharmacological Options for Pain Management
Opioids are not recommended as the first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain. Non-opioid and non-pharmacologic options are preferred for chronic pain. Use these resources to identify appropriate alternatives to opioids.
Opioid Pain Management Options
Refer to these resources on prescribing guidelines when considering prescribing opioids for chronic pain, as well as find information on tapering for patients already using opioids.
Michigan Laws & Policies Pertaining to Opioid Prescribing and Managing Chronic Pain Patients
Information for patients and providers on Michigan-specific and national opioid-related laws and regulations.
Post-Overdose Care in the ED
Post-opioid overdose information and resources specifically tailored toward clinicians and patients in an emergency department setting.
Watch this quick how-to toolkit walkthrough!
Resources & Tools for Nurses