Prescription Medication Misuse and Overdose Prevention
Prescription drug misuse and abuse, specifically opioids, is a huge problem in the United States. The Medical Board of California (Board) has joined forces with the California Department of Public Health, the California State Board of Pharmacy, and many other State agencies and stakeholders to expand prevention and treatment strategies as well as to decrease the amount of misuse in California. However, it is important to recognize that these medications are needed and have “an appropriate use”.
The Board is dedicated to working with the “Statewide Opioid Safety Workgroup” in educating and informing physicians and consumers, in conjunction with the Board’s number one mission of “consumer protection.”
- Resources for Providing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
- Statewide Opioid Safety Workgroup
- California’s Approach to the Opioid Epidemic
- Naloxone Prescription Requirements
- Board of Pharmacy Naloxone Information
- SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
- Free Pocket Guide to Tapering Opioids for Chronic Pain Available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Department of Public Health - Prescriber Guidance Letter
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Opioid Overdose
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Online Training for Providers
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Are Your Prescription Forms Compliant?