Prescription opioids constitute a potential tool for the legitimate management of pain, particularly in the context of acute, post-surgical (or procedural) pain. However, it is also important to recognize that prescribing opioids for pain management introduces the need to address and mitigate the notable risks associated with these medications. Several web-based resources have been developed to inform healthcare providers and enhance the safety of opioid prescribing.

We've found the following resources to be particularly helpful:

The South Carolina Reporting and Identification Prescription Tracking System (SCRIPTS)

SCRIPTS is a tool intended to improve the state’s ability to identify and stop diversion of prescription drugs in an efficient and cost-effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical use of controlled substances where a valid prescriber-patient or pharmacist-patient relationship exists. Prescribers (with a DEA license to prescribe controlled substances) should register with SCRIPTS to create an account and should use this tool prior to prescribing opioids to their patients. For more information about SCRIPTS, or to register for an account, please visit the SCRIPTS website by clicking here.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

The CDC has released a comprehensive guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. These guidelines may be found by clicking here More broadly, the CDC is also developing an array of resources for the public and for healthcare providers targeting enhanced knowledge about the prevention of opioid abuse and overdose. We encourage you to earn free CE credits through participation in their training and/or webinar series, which can be found by clicking here.

THE PROVIDERS CLINICAL SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR OPIOID THERAPIES (PCSS-O)

The PCSS-O is a national training and mentoring project that makes available at no cost CME programs on the safe and effective use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain and safe and effective treatment of opioid use disorder. You can learn more about PCSS-O and access their training programs by clicking here.