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 new 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 tab 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.