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We offer evidence-based best practices and the latest research in an effort to support healthcare professionals and change the trajectory of the opioid epidemic. On this site, you’ll find up-to-date resources for:

Our Evidence

Our team conducts research on numerous aspects of opioid prescribing and pain management. Take a look at our published research.

Our Evidence

See the latest information for healthcare professionals:

Pediatric Surgical Pain Management Toolkit

This toolkit focuses on prevention of opioid-related complications in children and adolescents by intervening at the point many are first introduced to them: when acute pain is treated after surgery. Providers and parents can find best practices, free educational materials, and sharable resources in this toolkit.

Managing Your Pain After Surgery Without Opioids (Adults)

Recent studies have shown that surgical pain can be managed using non-opioid, over-the-counter pain medications (acetaminophen and ibuprofen). This three-page guide can be provided to patients to help understand how to manage post-operative pain.

Pain Control Optimization Pathway

The Pain Control Optimization Pathway (POP) is an innovative, opioid sparing, acute pain management plan. Carefully tailored to meet the demands of specific surgical procedures, POP provides uncompromising pain management to opioid-naïve patients by focusing on education and functional recovery goals.

Over-the-Counter Quick Reference – Dental

A condensed two-pager on using acetaminophen and NSAIDs for postoperative pain management.

Over-the-Counter Quick Reference – Surgical

A condensed one-pager on using acetaminophen and NSAIDs for postoperative pain management.

Non-Opioid Acute Care Pain Management – Adults

A webpage resource outlining a multimodal approach to managing postoperative pain through the use of non-opioid medications.

Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers

This free course will empower non-prescribing providers and other learners in directly impacting the opioid epidemic through increased knowledge and tools to transform practice and policies.

Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

Learn two non-medication strategies for managing pain and anxiety:

  • Mindful breathing
  • Positive daily reflection