Be Safe app helps safe opioid prescribing

App helps safe opioid prescribing

Opioid analgesics are prescribed frequently for the treatment of pain. While these medications can be an essential part of effective medical care, there are also increasing reports of adverse effects, addiction, and deaths associated with opioid therapies. 

An app — “Safe Opioid Prescribing” — is now available for iPhone, Android and on the Web. This app brings together evidence-based resources that are currently available to clinicians in safe and effective use of these medications but which can be difficult to identify and access.

This app provides:

  • Information on assessment of pain, including universal precautions to be used for patients receiving opioids
  • Information on opioid management, including links to medical guidelines on clinical use in treatment of chronic pain (e.g.: VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines)
  • An example of a treatment agreement
  • A discussion of opioid side effects
  • Several clinical tools for assessing level of pain, depression, and risk of opioid abuse
  • Links to guidelines for treatment of specific pain conditions
  • Contact information for organizations that may be able to provide further information or assistance

To access on iPhone: Open the App Store sm on your iPhone. Search “Safe Opioid Prescribing.” Click the “FREE” button. Click the green “Install App” button. When the app has downloaded click the PCSS-O icon to open.

To Access on Android: Click on the Google Play Store, click the search icon, enter “Safe Opioids,” click the first app which appears “Safe Opioids,” click “Install,” and click “Accept.” When the app has downloaded click “Open” to access the app.

Visit www.safeopioids.org to view the web version of the app.