About the Managing Pain Safely Program
We are working with our communities to increase awareness of the importance of safe prescribing of opioid medicine, like Morphine, Hydrocodone, Methadone, OxyContin, and others.
We have instituted new prescribing guidelines with the help of those in the community to safeguard the health and well-being of our members. Our initial goal is to prevent escalating doses of opioids for patients already on high doses and to help assist the clinicians in our network prescribing opioids safely and appropriately.
Pain Medications - Recent History
1970 - 1990: New legislation punished healthcare professionals and institutions for undertreating pain. New long-acting opioids were developed and marketed.
2005 - 2010: Evidence accumulated regarding the dangers of prolonged use of opioids including addiction.
2010 - 2013: Major national organizations released guidelines recommending limiting use of opioids in chronic, non-cancer, non-terminal pain.