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Proper Pain Management

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is committed to improving the way opioids are prescribed to ensure patients have access to safe, long-term, chronic pain treatments that reduce the risk of prescription misuse, abuse, and overdose. The IHS opioid strategy was directly informed by the National Pain Strategy and has since evolved to directly align with four of the five pillars of the HHS Opioid Strategy.

The comprehensive IHS response includes key agency policy requirements and various support structures to assist with implementation of these policies. The goals of our interventions are to:

  • Involve the patient in the care planning process
  • Increase provider support and work-force training opportunities for prescribers and front-line clinicians
  • Increase community awareness surrounding opioids and Opioid Use Disorders
  • Increase access to and use of clinical decision-making tools to improve patient safety

IHS Pain Management Website