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Don't Drop Your Patient

Health care providers are essential partners in ending the opioid epidemic in California. Working together, we want to ensure that providers have access to resources and support to help improve patient pain management, while avoiding opioid overdose and dependence.

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The Statewide Opioid Safety (SOS) Workgroup and partners have created a list of resources to assist you in addressing these critical treatment issues with your patients:

  • Consider all pain management options before starting patients on opioids
  • Recognize when and understand how to taper patients at risk
  • Offer medication assisted treatment (MAT) to patients
  • Provide patient referrals to MAT and addiction recovery programs

To read the full Don't Drop Your Patient letter, visit the News and Data page.

For additional information, visit the Resources page.


Additionally, the Medical Board of California (MBC) released Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain (PDF) in November of 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its Prescribing Guidelines in March of 2016. CDPH also created a guidelines crosswalk (PDF) to help providers understand the similarities and differences between the MBC and CDC guidelines.

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