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Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)

Opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and office-based opioid treatment are covered benefits. See Medication Assisted Treatment for more information. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, retroactive to March 13, 2020, the Defense Health Agency is temporarily allowing for OTPs to be rendered via telemedicine.

Opioid Management Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC offers guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, along with many other online resources:
    • Provider fact sheet on prescribing guidelines
    • Information for patients
    • Mobile app
    • Interactive training for providers with continuing education credits available
    • Information about Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)
    • Fact sheets (provider and patient) on urine drug testing (UDT)
  • VA Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI): The VA/DoD offers clinical practice guidelines and guides for patients, and numerous tools for providers.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA): SAMHSA offers various resources on a number of topics, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and a directory of opioid treatment programs. SAHMSA also has a national helpline and other resources for patients.
  • Federal Drug Administration (FDA): The FDA recommends providers consider prescribing naloxone when prescribing opioids.