Advocates for Prescription Opioid Reform: This group (composed of patients and their family & friends as well as doctors) advocates for the establishment of safe practices for prescribing opioids. The group’s stated goal is to “end the epidemic of death and addiction caused by prescription narcotic drugs by ensuring that opioids are regulated, marketed, prescribed and used in an evidence-based manner.” The group’s website includes several resources to help those “who have suffered the effects of addiction and in many cases death from inappropriate applications of prescription opioids.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC provides information regarding prescription painkiller overdoses in the US here:
The CDC also provides its Policy Impact statement regarding Prescription Painkiller Overdoses here:
Consumer Reports: The Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs Project has published a report—Using Opioids to Treat: Chronic Pain Comparing Effectiveness, Safety, and Price—that can be found here:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: The FDA’s website contains helpful information regarding prescription painkillers including information for consumers, a list of opioid products, and the FDA’s Opioid Drugs and Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies.
Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing: The mission of this organization is “to reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from the prescribing of opioids and to promote cautious, safe and responsible opioid prescribing practices.” The organization’s wesbite has considerable information and additional links for those interesting in learning more about opioid prescribing, including the brochure, Cautious, Evidence-based Opioid Prescribing.