The physician toolkit titled, “First Do No Harm: The Indiana Healthcare Providers Guide to the Safe, Effective Management of Chronic Non-Terminal Pain” was developed by the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force’s Education Committee under the leadership of Dr. Deborah McMahan. This provider toolkit, based on expert opinion and recognized standards of care, was developed over many months with the input of healthcare providers representing multiple specialties and all corners of the state. The First Do No Harm toolkit provides guidance for the safe and responsible prescribing of opioids for treatment of chronic pain with the ultimate goals of patient safety and functional improvement. It was developed as an interactive compendium to support the State’s Medical Licensing Board rule addressing Opioid Prescribing for Chronic, Non-terminal Pain to give healthcare providers tools to comply with the rule.
To access the Medical Licensing Board's Opioid Prescribing Final Rules effective as of November 6, 2014, please click here.
The Task Force’s Education Committee also created a poster that summarizes the new law on prescribing of opioids and the key prescribing recommendations as outlined in the toolkit for your reference. Please feel free to print and use as a guide for your practice:
Click here for a brief video clip featuring Attorney General Zoeller addressing the critical need for Indiana Practitioners to learn more about the rules regulating the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain patients that were promulgated by the State’s Medical Licensing Board. Educational opportunities are made available by the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force upon request. For more information, please contact Kristen Kelley at Kristen.Kelley@atg.in.gov.