Opioids: Providers

Safe prescribing and evidence-based treatment methods save lives.


Addiction Medicine Consultation Line: 608-263-3260 (Madison) / 800-472-0111 (Outside Madison)

The UW Addiction Consultation Hotline offers on-call help to health care providers seeking support and direction in dealing with their patients' substance abuse problems. Addiction specialists on the hotline provide advice for long-term and follow-up care and provide counseling. The hotline is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This hotline is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services through legislation enacted as part of the HOPE Agenda.

Wisconsin Opioid Project ECHO®

The goal of the Wisconsin Opioid Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is to improve the capacity of community providers to provide patients with opioid use disorder the high-quality care they need, when they need it, close to home. Advanced practice nurse prescribers, behavioral health providers, OB/GYNs, pharmacists, physician assistants, primary care providers, and psychiatrists are invited to participate in free monthly video conferences to learn from experts and discuss best practices. Free continuing education hours are available. This project is managed by the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It is funded by the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Opioid Project ECHO® website.

Safer Opioid Prescribing at Your Fingertips

Information for Prescribers

Steps dental, medical, and pain management professionals can take to keep patients safe.

Information for Pharmacists

Steps pharmacists can take to keep patients safe.

  • Understand the patient’s treatment plan and condition, and ensure that the prescription is for a legitimate medical purpose.
  • Ensure patients understand the proper dosage and directions for use.
  • Educate patients about side effects and risks.
  • Explain the importance of monitoring, safeguarding, and properly disposing of unused pain medications.
  • Explain the importance and benefit of having naloxone available for overdose prevention.
  • Provide information on treatment options to patients suspected of misusing opioids.


MATx is a free app developed by SAMHSA to improve access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. It is for practitioners who currently provide MAT, as well as those who plan to do so in the future. Download it now.



Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants

This tool from SAMHSA (PDF) is designed to assist health care providers in caring for pregnant women and new mothers with opioid use disorder and their infants.


HIPAA and the Opioid Crisis

Health care providers have broad ability to share health information with patients’ family members during certain crisis situations without violating HIPAA privacy regulations. How HIPAA allows doctors to respond to the opioid crisis. (PDF)

Guidance for First Responders to Avoid Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids

Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are considered especially hazardous to first responders because they can be absorbed through the mouth or eyes, allowing the drug to get into a person’s system and cause overdose. The drugs may also be inadvertently inhaled if particles become airborne, putting first responders, and others, at risk. This report from the Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability offers guidelines on the selection and use of personal protective equipment and decontamination procedures for first responders. (PDF)

Last Revised: July 31, 2018