Opioid Use Treatment & Resources

As a clinician, you strive to provide the best evidence-based, patient-centered care to your patients.  MaineHealth wants to provide you with up-to-date information about current Maine prescribing laws and MaineHealth guidelines, as well as tools to help you address chronic pain, safe opioid prescribing, diagnosis and treatment of opioid use disorder.  The information on this page is here to offer you resources and support.

NEW: Earn CEU Credits

MaineHealth is pleased to offer two new provider education modules. Upon completion, 0.50 CME hours are available for each training (AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits).

Module 1: Naloxone - Reducing Risk and Saving Lives

  • Recognize who is at highest risk of overdose
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose
  • Compare and contrast use of various naloxone formulations
  • Review how to talk to patients about their overdose risk and offer naloxone
  • Detail the tools in Epic that relate to naloxone prescribing
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Module 2: Having Difficult Conversations with Your Patient

  • Express concerns that they may have an opioid use disorder
  • Discuss tapering their chronic opioid pain regimen
  • Address unexpected urine drug screen results
  • Discuss the safety of MAT and alleviating any fears
  • Address concerns around opioid use during pregnancy, including DHHS reporting
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Chronic Pain & Safe Opioid Prescribing

Diagnosis & Treatment of OUD

Opioid CME & Trainings

Online Learning Modules:

Earn your CME credit needed for Public Law- 488/BOLIM requirement

Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine:

View upcoming events and training opportunities

About the Guidelines

The clinical guidelines and policies on this page assist clinicians in standardizing the evaluation, diagnosis, and care of patients, with the goal of achieving optimal outcomes. The guidelines translate national recommendations and the best available evidence into local context.

Adherence to these guidelines should limit unwanted or unintended variation in practice, but guidelines are not meant to be prescriptive. The clinician retains the responsibility to select the appropriate guideline for a particular patient and to use the guideline to the extent that it serves the individual patient.

Any given approach must be carefully considered with each individual patient to ensure that an effective Shared Decision Making process is in place, which reflects the patient's personal wishes, medical history, and family history.

Patient Education