Opioid Prescribing Resources

WSDA has compiled a list of information and resources regarding the prescription of opioids and the prevention of opioid abuse.


New opioid prescribing rules for dentists in Washington became effective January 26, 2019. 

Read a summary on the WSDA Blog.


Opioid CE Opportunities

Free CE: Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders

Register for Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Dental ECHO, a free 6-session program presented by the Oregon Health & Science University School of Community Dentistry.

Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Dental ECHO

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, March 10, March 17, & March 24, 2021
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
CE Credits: 6 (for attending all sessions)
Cost: Free

Dentists and other dental professionals are cordially invited to participate in the Pain Management and Substance Use Disorders Dental ECHO program, funded by the SAMHSA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant program.

This 6-session ECHO program will build the capacity of dentists and their teams to identify and manage patients with oral pain or substance use disorders in the dental setting. Topics may include:

  • Patient’s Perceptions of Dental Pain and the Need for Opioids

  • Identifying Patients with Substance Use Disorder

    • The PDMP: What Is It and How Does It Work?

    • Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

  • Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids

  • Dental Pain Management of Patients on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) (Buprenorphine and Methadone)

  • Naloxone: Should this Medication be in my Medical Emergency Kit?

  • Difficult Conversations with Patients

Learn More & Register


Opioid Resources


Using the Prescription Monitoring Program

If you are new to using the PMP or want to refresh your knowledge of the system, the Department of Health (DOH) provides several resources to make the process easier.

Training Guide
The DOH provides a detailed training guide document for practitioners learning how to use the PMP.

Read the Guide
Training Videos
If you prefer your training in video format, the DOH YouTube channel provides short, step-by-step instructional videos on PMP topics, such as:

The channel also provides a complete tutorial video on how to use the system.

See All Videos
Provider FAQs
Visit the DOH website for a list of PMP frequently asked questions.

See Provider FAQs
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