CHA News Article

Opioid Safe Prescribing Guidelines Updated for Emergency Departments

The California section of the American College of Emergency Physicians has updated its opioid safe prescribing guidelines to reflect expanded use of medication-assisted treatment in emergency departments. Notably, the guidelines no longer prohibit treating addiction in the emergency department.

Other safe prescribing resources available with the guidelines include frequently asked questions; information about communicating the guidelines to patients, staff and primary care providers; and a handout, available in both English and Spanish, that highlights for patients the rules providers follow when managing pain.