- The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Department of Health developed and adopted guidelines for six medical specialties on the safe and effective use of opioids in the treatment of pain. These six specialties are emergency departments, chronic non-cancer pain, dentists, geriatric, obstetrics and gynecology, and pharmacists.
- Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) collects information on all filled prescriptions for controlled substances. This information helps health care providers safely prescribe controlled substances and helps patients get the treatment they need.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs worked collaboratively with the Department of Health to implement training with CMEs for prescribers. Access the trainings.
Centers of Excellence
- Centers of Excellence (COEs) help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder (SUD) stay in treatment to receive follow-up care. A COE provides community support. The centers coordinate care for people with Medicaid. The treatment is team-based and “whole person” focused, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care. Locate a COE.
Prescription drug take-back boxes
Prescription drug take-back boxes greatly reduce the amount of prescription drugs available for potential misuse and abuse. Locate a drop box.
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