Examples: Opioid addiction treatment medications include: buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone.
Individuals are maintained on opioid treatment medication as long as they desire, and derive benefit from treatment.
The organization makes referrals for consultation with a specialist in pain medicine for individuals with chronic pain disorder.
Generally, individuals with chronic pain disorder should not be admitted to receive opioids only for pain, but there are exceptions if the program is the only available resource in the community. Individuals with both chronic pain and addiction should receive integrated treatment from appropriate medical specialists.
The organization queries the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP):
prior to initiating dosing for new patients;
at clinical decision points, such as ordering take home medication; and