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The opioid epidemic is being addressed by the Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and many other agencies and institutions. This section is regularly updated with links to select high-quality resources.

Federal Partners Links -  Opioid Safety

Title                                               Link
  Rural Community Toolbox *
Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Opioids*  
CDC Advisory Opioid Guidelines *
US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) * 
FDA Opioid Medications * 
FDA Safety Alert
US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)*
Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS):*
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): *
SUPPORT Act - (Congress.Gov) *
Office of the Surgeon General - ( *

Office of the Surgeon General - Opioids & Addiction*
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) *

VA Reference Articles

"Review of Understanding Links among Opioid Use, Overdose, and Suicide." *  Written by Amy S.B. Bohnert, Ph.D., and Mark A. Ilgen, Ph.D. From the Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and Injury Prevention Center, University of Michigan. N Engl J Med 2019; 380:71-79 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1802148 <>.*

Resources - Opioids

 Title and  Link                                      Source Description                       
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) web link * Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) - including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.
Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit  tool kit * Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses.
Prescription Opioids and Heroin (PDF) * National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) Research Report Series.
Turn the Tide Rx  web link * US Surgeon General Launches Turn the Tide Rx U.S. Surgeon General on Turn the Tide Campaign to fight the opioid epidemic.
Facing Addiction in America  web link * US Surgeon General The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences.
Academic Detailing Service - Educational Materials material VA Academic Detailing Educational materials developed by the ADS cover various Opioid topics.
Pathways to Safer Opioid Use - (Simulated Training) video * Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  The goal of this simulation is to demonstrate best practices in safe opioid use and prevent adverse drug events. 
Pain Educational Videos  video * Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management(DVCIPM) Series of pain management educational videos targeting the most common issues facing Providers and Patients.

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.