Tools & Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Having the right resources can help foster productive dialogue with people affected by pain and support responsible pain management. Find tools here to help grow your understanding of the evolving pain care landscape and to share with your patients. Please register and follow us on Facebook to be notified when new information and resources become available.

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  • Clinical Presentations
  • Videos
  • Diagnosing Pain
  • Assessment Tools
  • Opioid Storage Guidance
  • Events Calendar
  • Articles

Pain management experts address complexities of treating pain and the issue of prescription drug abuse.

Evolving Roles Same Goals Presentation

Chapter 1

Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD

Chapter 2

Charles E. Argoff, MD

Chapter 3

Michael J. Brennan, MD

Putting Patients First—Developing Abuse Deterrent Opioids Presentation

Chapter 4

Charles E. Argoff, MD
Michael J. Brennan, MD

Abuse Deterrence Technology Clinical Presentation

Chapter 5

Joseph P Valenza, MD
Gregory L Holmquist, PharmD

Joseph P Valenza, MD, Gregory L Holmquist, PharmD, Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD, Charles E. Argoff, MD, and Michael J. Brennan, MD, have been compensated for their work on Pain Matters.

Pain management experts address complexities of treating pain and the issue of prescription drug abuse.

Evolving Roles Same Goals Presentation

Chapter 1

Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD

Chapter 2

Charles E. Argoff, MD

Chapter 3

Michael J. Brennan, MD

Putting Patients First—Developing Abuse Deterrent Opioids Presentation

Chapter 4

Charles E. Argoff, MD
Michael J. Brennan, MD

Abuse Deterrence Technology Clinical Presentation

Chapter 5

Joseph P Valenza, MD
Gregory L Holmquist, PharmD

Joseph P Valenza, MD, Gregory L Holmquist, PharmD, Jeffrey A. Gudin, MD, Charles E. Argoff, MD, and Michael J. Brennan, MD, have been compensated for their work on Pain Matters.

Short videos exploring responsible opioid use, individual patient stories, and the evolving science of abuse-deterrent technology.

Pain Matters Documentary Film Clips

Watch short clips from the documentary to see first-hand the impact of chronic pain.

Introducing Pain Matters

Watch an introductory video about PainMatters.com.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

A simulation by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to demonstrate best practices in safe opioid use.

Abuse Deterrence Technology Video

This video provides an overview of the evolving science of abuse deterrence technology.

NSAIDs Safety

This video from the American Chronic Pain Association discusses how to use NSAIDs safely and effectively.

Diagnostic tools to support your pain assessment process.

Brief Pain Inventory

Assess the severity of a person’s pain to align on a pain management plan.

American Pain Society Assessment

This tool supports recognizing, diagnosing, and managing chronic pain.

Quality of Life Scale

A tool to assess the impact of pain on daily life provided by the American Chronic Pain Association.

Pain Scales

Measure pain numerically through these scales provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Pain Management Log

Track daily pain with this log from MD Anderson.

Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale

Using faces to describe pain intensity, this tool provides a more visual approach to pain assessment.

Pain Log

Measure and track pain over time with this pain log from the American Chronic Pain Association.

Ability Chart

Track how pain is affecting daily activities with this chart from the American Chronic Pain Association.

Back Pain Map

Identify back pain symptoms with this interactive map from the American Chronic Pain Association.

Head Pain Map

Identify head pain symptoms with this interactive map from the American Chronic Pain Association.

Follow-Up Sheet

This form from the American Chronic Pain Association reminds patients of important follow-up activities.

Resources to support dialogue around responsible pain management and mitigate the risk of opioid abuse.

Exam Room Discussion Guide

This discussion guide is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).

Design for Dialogue

Join the pain community as we reimagine the exam room experience and a more open dialogue. Be the voice that inspires change.




Opioid Risk Tool

An objective guide to identify patients for whom prescription opioid medications may be appropriate.




Surgeon General’s Report

A report on using our knowledge of substance misuse to address the issue and related consequences.




CDC Guideline Resources

A guideline for prescribing opioids and improving communication between providers and patients.




Opioid Guideline App

The app puts the entire CDC guideline, tools, and resources into the hands of providers.




Medicare Prescribing Mapping Tool

This tool allows the user to see opioid claims at the local level and better understand how this issue impacts communities.




Treatment Agreement

Prescriber-patient treatment agreements can be customized to your practice and the laws in your state including:

CAGE and CAGE-AID Questionnaires

This tool can help facilitate exam room conversations about drinking and drug use.




Addiction Behaviors Checklist

This checklist can help assess behaviors that may indicate an increased risk for abuse or misuse.




Parents 360 Toolkit

Start a conversation about opioid misuse and abuse with this toolkit from Parents 360.




Resources outlining responsible use, storage and disposal guidelines for opioid medications.

Drug Disposal Guidelines

The US Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration provide guidance on the disposal of opioid medications.

Use & Storage of Opioids

Taking opioids responsibly from the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Eight Opioid Safety Principles for Patients and Caregivers from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Appropriate Disposal of Opioids

Find FDA guidance on the proper disposal of prescription opioid medications.

Also available en Español

Opioid Safety Practices

The American Academy of Pain Medicine offers eight safety practices for providers and patients.

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

Legislation Tracker

The State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) tracks pain policy at the federal and state level.

Connect with professional pain care associations and find upcoming medical meetings.

Professional Events Calendar

Keep track of professional meetings and events throughout 2016.

Support & Advocacy Organizations

Several national organizations are dedicated to supporting people living with chronic pain and their families.

Find FDA guidance, recent publications, and insights from pain community experts.

Guidance on Abuse Deterrent Opioids

FDA 2015 guidance to guide the evaluation and labeling of opioid drug products with potential abuse deterrent properties.




Pain Medicine News Articles

PainMedicineNews.com articles detail abuse-deterrence technology and the FDA guidance.

Educational Resources

Download FDA resources on preventing the misuse of prescription pain relievers.

Pain Perspectives Blog

Hear insights and perspectives into today’s complex pain management landscape from members of the pain community.

Aches & Gains SiriusXM Radio Show

Hosted by Paul Christo, MD., this weekly radio show on SiriusXM Family Talk 131, provides information on pain management.