Opioid Treatment Guidelines and Other Information for Healthcare Professionals and Patients Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For Practitioners

Information for Patients

  • Opioid Basics
    Information regarding prescription opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, overdose prevention and commonly used terms can be found at the following link.
  • Safer, More Effective Pain Management
    Living with chronic pain can be challenging. It is essential that you and your doctor discuss treatment options with all of the risks and benefits carefully considered. Some medications, such as prescription opioids, can help relieve pain in the short term but also come with serious risks and potential complications—and must be prescribed and used carefully.
  • Reports
    Opioid Poisoning, Overdose and Prevention 2015 Report to the Governor and NYS Legislature
  • Heroin Abuse
    Find resources related to the Task Force to Combat Heroin, including treatment availability, paying for treatment, how to initiate conversations about opioid and heroin abuse, recognizing warning signs and symptoms and key steps to prevention.