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Chronic Pain Tool Kit

Evidence-based tools and resources

Take advantage of these tools and resources to help you save time and better serve your patients. 
Tools for Providers and Prescribers

Opioid Risk Tool

CAGE-AID - Screen for alcohol and drug problems

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)  - Screen for depression

Sample Patient Contract

Pain Assessment Documentation Tool (PADT)

Screener and Opioid Assessor for Patients in Pain (SOAPP) - Assessment of risk of prescription opioid abuse

Diagnosis, Intractability, Risk, Efficacy (D.I.R.E.) Score - Predict outcomes of opioid prescribing in chronic pain patients 

Graded Chronic Pain Scale - Assess severity of chronic pain

Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) (short form) - Patient self-assessment of pain 

Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC) - Assess problem behaviors in developmentally-challenged patients - read more​​


Tools for Managing Chronic Pain Patients 

Opioid Dose Calculator

SAMHSA TAP32: Clinical Drug Testing in Primary Care Manual

Web-based Opioid Dose Calculator

Opioid Conversion tips and charts

Pain Management Log (for patients)

Daily Pain Diary (for patients)

Functional Assessment Questionnaire - assess functional status

Helpful Resources


Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) - website​

Colorado PDMP - website

CO PDMP Training Guide for Practitioners and Pharmacists


FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Education

Opioid Policy Revised 10.15.14

Colorado Workers' Compensation Guidelines for Chronic Pain Treatment

Interagency Guidelines on Opioid Dosing for Chronic Non-cancer Pain

ACOEM Practice Guidelines: Opioids and Safety-Sensitive Work​


Useful links & handouts

Urine Drug Testing In Chronic Pain

The 4 A's of pain treatment outcomes

Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) - website

PROP "Cautious Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing" - handout

The American Chronic Pain Association (for patients) - website​ 

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - website

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - website​

Colorado Household Medication Disposal Options - Updated July 2013

Colorado Medication Take-Back Program​

Project provides drop-boxes for the collection of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  Controlled substances are not accepted.  Sharps are not accepted.  No fee for service.  King Soopers locations are available whenever stores are open.  Hours are indicated for other locations. 

Dispose My Meds Program

Program provides drop-boxes for the collection of prescription and over-the-counter medications.  Controlled substances are not accepted.  Sharps are not accepted. No fee for service.  Call for store hours.

Rx Takeaway Program

Program sells postage-paid envelopes for the disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications.  Controlled substances are not accepted.  Sharps are not accepted.  Fee for service.  Call your local pharmacy for more information and for store hours.

Walgreens Pharmacies Statewide – $2.99 fee per envelope

King Soopers/City Market Pharmacies Statewide – $2.99 fee per envelope

Safeway Pharmacies Statewide – $3.99 fee per envelope

Rite-Aid Pharmacies Statewide – Fee unknown

Good Day Pharmacies (northern Front Range communities) – $2.99 fee per envelope

For a completed list of takeback programs closest to you, click here: 

State of Colorado Household Medication Disposal Options 070313.pdf


From the Literature

CDC Grand Rounds: Prescription Drug Overdoses - a U.S. Epidemic

Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers -- United States, 1999-2008​

Bending the Prescription Opioid Dosing and Mortality Curves: Impact of the Washington State Opioid Dosing Guideline

Increases in the Use and Cost of Opioids to Treat Acute and Chronic Pain in Injured Workers, 1999 to 2009

Opioid Epidemic in the United States

A History of Being Prescribed Controlled Substances and Risk of Drug Overdose Death


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