PCSS-O: iPhone Application: "Safe Opioid Prescribing"

About the iPhone App:                                   
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.
This resource 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 includes: 

  • Information on the 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: 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. Or scan:


About PCSS-O

Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) is a three year grant funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). It is a collaborative project led by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) in collaboration with: American Dental Association (ADA), American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). These organizations are providing training and education on the safe and effective prescribing of opioid medications in the treatment of pain and/or opioid addiction.
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (1H79TI023439) from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.