Provider Resources

MAHEC has compiled a list of the best resources for pain management, safer opioid prescribing, and patient education to support your practice.*

These resources, used alone, do not satisfy the controlled-substance prescribing CME requirement set forth in
21 NCAC 32R .0101. For approved CME training, please visit our online course catalog.

Technical Assistance for Office-Based Opioid Treatment

MAHEC offers technical assistance for providers and practices that wish to implement office-based treatment with medication for opioid use disorder.

To learn more about MAHEC's one-on-one support, live videoconference training, linkage to SAMHSA's State Targeted Response Technical Assistance, and clinical shadowing opportunities, contact Elizabeth Flemming, LPC, at 828-257-4466 or

Overview and Guidelines for Providers

Assessing Benefits and Harms of Opioid Therapy | CDC Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain | CDC
Emergency Department Opioid Treatment Pathway | North Carolina Healthcare Association
Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose | CDC
Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain | CDC
Information for Prescribers | SAMHSA
Medication-Assisted Treatment in Jails | NCDHHS NEW!
Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder | SAMHSA
NC CSRS Registration Step-by-Step Guide | North Carolina Medical Board
Opioid Taper Decision Tool | VA
Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Pocket Guide | Turn the Tide Rx, CDC
Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder with Buprenorphine | NC DHHS

Opioid Dose Calculator

Opioid Dose Calculator  | Washington State Agency Medical Director's Group

Treatment Improvement Protocols

TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder


Additional Guidelines prepared by MAHEC

STOP Act Quick Facts
Urine Drug Screen for Adult Patients on Chronic Opioid Therapy: Quick Reference Guide

Agreement Form Samples

Agreement for Controlled Substances, Adaptable Template | American Academy of Pain Medicine
Sample Patient Agreement Forms | NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse

Medication-Assisted Treatment Training

MAT Policies, Procedures, and Resources Manual | MAHEC, NCDHHS, AAAP NEW!
MAHEC MAT Waiver Trainings and Opioid Education 
MAT - Getting Started | North Carolina Medical Board
Providers Clinical Support System (SAMHSA funded)

Non-Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain | WNC Provider Listings

Patient Handouts

Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain | CDC
Opioids for Acute Pain: What You Need To Know | CDC
Opioids for Chronic Pain: What You Need To Know| CDC
Preventing an Opioid Overdose | CDC
Safe Medication Disposal Tips | North Carolina Medical Board
The Danger of Addiction is Closer than You Think (Message to Parents) | Buncombe County HHS
What to Do With Unused Opioids | MAHEC
*NOTE: Each listing is identified by the authoring body, and the title is a link to a downloadable pdf. Full permission is granted to make multiple copies of the government publications (CDC and SAMHSA) and the documents created by MAHEC.