Information for Health Professionals & Prescribers

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ScreeNing, brief intervention & referral to treatment

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in a medical setting such as a primary care office, hospital emergency department, or community clinic is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to identify patients with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing them with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, disease, accidents and injuries. This approach also allows medical providers to form closer relationships with the substance misuse treatment providers in their area, developing a ‘warm hand off’ protocol for patients who need treatment.

The Blueprint for Health is currently designing a program of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Navigation to Services (SBINS) support that will be available to every Blueprint primary care practice and all Emergency Departments in Vermont, funded by Medicaid. For more information, visit Blueprint for Health.

Vermont prescription monitoring system

VPMS is a highly effective tool to reduce drug abuse and diversion. VPMS collects, monitors and analyzes electronically transmitted prescribing and dispensing data submitted by pharmacies and dispensing practitioners. This information is used to support and coordinate clinical care and substance abuse prevention. It can also help us to understand the patterns of controlled substance prescribing and dispensing in Vermont. VPMS now has data-sharing agreements with New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Find out more and log into VPMS

chronic pain management

A new rule, which went into effect July 1, 2017, for the first time ever gave guidance to prescribers and set legal limits on the dosage and number of opioid painkillers that may be prescribed. In drafting the rule, the Health Department hosted 19 meetings and conference calls with a range of providers and stakeholders, including physicians, pharmacists and dentists from around the state and around the country.

Read the new rule – Rule Governing the Prescribing of Opioids for Pain

patient information sheet about opioid drug prescriptions