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Opioid Safety - Clinical Tools

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This section provides links to a variety of clinical tools develop by the VA National - Academic Detailing Service (ADS) for both providers and patients. It is updated regularly as new tools are developed and become available. 

Another excellene source of clinical tools is the CDC website. * 

Resources - VA National Academic Detailing Services

Provider Education - Title/Link Patient Education - Title/Link
Pain/Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI)
Acute Pain Management - Opioid Safety VA Educational Guide (2017) (PDF) Taking Opioids Responsibly for Your Safety and for the Safety of Others (PDF)
Transforming the Treatment of Chronic Pain: Moving Beyond Opioids A VA Clinician’s Guide (2017) (PDF) Do You Take Both Opioids and Benzodiazepines? Patient Brochure (PDF)
Transforming the Treatment of Pain - A Quick Reference Guide (2017) (PDF)  Marijuana: Natural = Safe, Right?
Opioid Taper Decision Tool (PDF)  
Suicide and Patients with Chronic Pain (PDF)  
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)  
Opioid Use Disorder - A VA Clinician’s Guide to Identification and Management of Opioid Use Disorder (2016) (PDF) Opioids: Do You Know the Truth About Opioid Use Disorder? (PDF)
Opioid Use Disorder- Identification and Management of Opioid Use Disorder (PDF)  
Benzodiazepines (Benzos)
Re-evaluating the Use of Benzodiazepines: A Focus on High-risk Populations (PDF) Slowly Stopping Benzodiazepines - Helpful Tips to Getting Off Your Benzodiazepine Successfully (PDF)
Re-evaluating the Use of Benzodiazepines: A Quick Reference Guide (PDF) You May Be at Risk (EMPOWER for Veterans) You are currently taking a sedative-hypnotic drug - Benzodiazepine Risk Questionnaire (PDF)
Benzodiazepine Risks: Are you Aware of the Possible Risks from Taking Benzodiazepines? (PDF)  
Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) 
VA OEND Program Quick Reference Guide (PDF) Naloxone Nasal Spray 4 mg Instructions – Pocket Card (PDF)
Provider - Opioid Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution (OEND) - site Patient - Opioid Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution (OEND) - site
  Opioid Safety: Opioid Overdose Prevention for Naloxone Kits_V2 (PDF)
  My Pain Medication: Am I at Risk for an Accidental Drug Poisoning? (PDF)
  Opioid Safety (for Patients on Opioids)_v2 (PDF)
  Opioid Safety for Patients on Opioids Brochure Spanish_v2 “Security with the Use of Opioids” (PDF)
  Opioid Overdose Prevention (for Patients with SUD)_v2 (PDF)
  Opioid Overdose Prevention (for Patients with SUD) Spanish _v2 (PDF)
  Opioid Overdose Rescue with Naloxone: Auto-Injector Kit Instructions_v2 (PDF)

 Opioids - Resource Topics

 Clinical Tools  Provider Education Veteran Public Education  Other Resources Opiod Safety 

Disclaimer: *Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.