List of Opioid Prescribing Guideline Out There for Review

Consider using one of these already-published guidelines as a model for your own or for your Clinic. Certainly there are plenty of others that may be just as good or better, but finding one that seems most workable for your practice, then fine tuning it makes the most sense.

Opioid and Controlled Substance Prescribing Guidelines:

The Journal of Pain Volume 10, Issue 2 , Pages 113-130.e22, February 2009

Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Non-cancer Pain


Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment

Over 100 pages with several particular situations covered, but this draft is mostly for opioid treatment program certification, but the information is helpful


Use of Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic Pain – A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Not a guidelines but a very good summary of what guidelines should cover


The American Academy of Pain Medicine’s chronic, non-cancer pain guideline


American Chronic Pain Association, Inc.

Very extensive and inclusive document of over 100 pages – (2013)


Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI).  Health Care Guideline.  Assessment and management of Chronic Pain.

Over 100 pages of current and extensive information.  (2013)



160 pages used by VAH.  (2010)


Practice Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management: An Updated Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Chronic Pain Management and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Pain management from an anesthesiologist viewpoint

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