Physicians and patients have a meaningful opportunity to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs in Massachusetts. Patients can limit the supply of drugs by safely storing and disposing of their prescription medications, and physicians can follow safe, effective and responsible prescribing practices.
How to safely store your medications and prevent drug abuse.
How to dispose of your medications safely and properly.
Free CME programs, prescribing guidelines, and more information for prescribers.
Resources for patients, parents and grandparents about safe handling of prescription medications.
MMS Takes to the Airwaves About the Opioid Crisis: Doctor to Patient
In a new radio ad broadcast during New England Patriots football games, President Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, talks to patients about the opioid overdose crisis. He encourages physicians to prescribe smaller doses of opioids, and urges patients to ask their doctor about the risks, benefits, and possible alternatives to opioids.
Medicine Abuse Project
The MMS is a strategic partner of the Medicine Abuse Project of the Partnership for Drug Free Kids. The project has produced two award-winning television commercials that highlight the needs to Safeguard Your Meds.
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Mass. Opioid Legislation Practice Guide
March 18, 2016
On March 14, 2016, Gov. Baker signed into law "An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention.” This guidance addresses several key changes to prescribing laws. All requirements are effective immediately and should be incorporated into your clinical practice.
Fact Sheet: An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention
March 17, 2016
Summary of state legislation to reduce opioid overdoses.
MMS Applauds Call to Action on Opioids by Nation’s Governors and Physicians
February 20, 2016
"The statement demonstrates the intense effort on the part of both parties toward ending this epidemic. It calls for collaboration between physicians and public officials, and describes agreement on the strategies needed to fight the epidemic. It is a statement with both symbolism and substance."
CDC Opens Draft Opioid Guidelines for Public Comment
December 23, 2015
The recommendations are designed for primary care settings, and focus on chronic pain lasting longer than three months. They do not apply to palliative or end of life...
Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication Guidelines
November 25, 2015
Guidelines for physicians regarding the prescribing of opioid therapy for acute and chronic pain.