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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 excellent source of clinical tools is the . * 

Resources - VA National Academic Detailing Services

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Pain/Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI)
Acute Pain Management - Opioid Safety VA Educational Guide (2017) (PDF) Newly UpdatedSafe and Responsible Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain - A Patient Education Guide (PDF) - replacing "Taking Opioids Responsibly for Your Safety and the Safety of Others.” 
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

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