Pain Management Resources and Opioid Use

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The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is following the lead of the Governor’s Task Force in reducing the misuse of prescription opioids. In order to support this campaign there will be limitations on morphine equivalents and pill quantities, and we are instituting quantity limits on short-acting opioids of a maximum of 4 tablets per day (equating to 120 tablets per 30 days). Through this policy we are attempting to reduce client utilization of short-acting opioids and maintain or improve client levels of stability and functionality.

In a continued effort to address the growing opioid epidemic in Colorado, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Department) is tightening its policy on prescribing and dispensing opioid pain medications to Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) members. The policy will include limiting the supply of opioids to members who haven’t had an opioid prescription in the past 12 months and a reduction in limitation for morphine equivalents. Please see the short-acting opioid section below for more information.

Courtesy of National Safety Council on Acute Pain:

Over the counter or Prescription: What's most effective? The most effective pain relief combination: 200 mg of ibuprophen plus 500 mg of acetaminophen. Opioid painkillers may not always be the best way to treat acute pain.

The State of Colorado believes it is important to provide information about opioids and intends this page to be a resource. It is intended to provide additional information about opioids, their use, potential misuse, as well as information about substance abuse/misuse programs, however it is not meant to be all inclusive. This page provides links to a handful of external websites that are not the property of, or the responsibility of the State of Colorado. Upon the selection of such a link you will leave the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s website. The State of Colorado is not responsible for the content of the linked web pages or the dependability, accuracy or information security of these sites. The State of Colorado does not endorse or sponsor the companies, products or services that may be offered at these websites nor should such an endorsement be implied. The links are not listed in any particular order of importance.