I am pleased to introduce "First Do No Harm: The Indiana Healthcare Providers Guide to the Safe, Effective Management of Chronic Non-Terminal Pain" 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. First Do No Harm provides options for the safe and responsible treatment of chronic pain, including prescriptions for opioids when indicated, with the ultimate goals of patient safety and functional improvement. It was developed as an interactive compendium to the new Medical Licensing Board rule addressing Opioid Prescribing for Chronic, Non-terminal Pain to give healthcare providers tools they can use to comply with the rule.
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:
Here is another key resource developed in Allen County on crisis pain management:
It is suggested that physicians screen all patients with a history of substance abuse before they prescribe for any procedure. This Advanced Directive Form helps establish a perspective plan for patients who have a history of addiction and are at risk for relapse.
Educational opportunities are made available by the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force upon request.