Educational Resources

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Education about opioid use in South Dakota is crucial to meet the emerging needs of patients and providers.

For Patients
Avoid Opioid SD

This website is dedicated to providing education, support, and connection to treatment and services for those impacted by Opioid Use Disorder. Share these sections with patients and their families as a starting point for taking action.

Find Help
Get help overcoming and managing addition. Find education and FREE support services like the Resource Hotline and Care Coordination for starting the journey to recovery.

Peer & Group Support
Connect to people familiar with the recovery process for advice, motivation, and support.

Medication Take Back Sites
Misused medications can lead to accidental overdose or addition. Find out how to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

Medication Lock Boxes
Get information about safe ways to use and store medicine. You can also order a FREE medication lock box.

Free Print Materials
Order FREE opioid-related recourses from the South Dakota Departments of Health & Social Services.


Talking with Providers

Patients should have access to tools that help them understand their treatment options. This allows for better communication between patient and provider when developing a recovery plan together.

Conversation Starters
Conversation starters to talk with a provider about the risks and benefits of different treatments, and how to reduce the risk of opioid addiction.

Non-opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain (PDF)
Opioids aren’t the only therapy for chronic pain. Non-opioid treatments can provide relief, too. Learn about your options.

Non-opioid Treatments for Acute Pain
For short-term severe pain from an injury, surgery, or infection, ask your doctor about ways to relieve your pain that do not involve prescription opioids. These treatments may actually work better and have fewer risks and side effects.

For Providers

Continuing education and training is key in ensuring patients receive the best quality care.


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Training & Funding Opportunities
Providers have multiple ways to access up-to-date information about evidence-based OUD treatment strategies.


Safe Prescribing and Management of Pain

SDSMA Educational Opportunities
Access educational programs that provide evidence-based guidelines for prescribing opioids, endorsed by the South Dakota State Medical Association.

Effective Management for Acute Pain (SDSMA) (PDF)
Guidelines for treating and managing acute pain developed by the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA).

Checklist for Prescribing Opiates for Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain (PDF)


Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT Induction in the ED
An interview with Yale School of Medicine professor Dr. Gail D’Onofrio on OUD intervention and MAT induction in the ED.

Other Resources for MAT Initiation

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat OUD.


Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-Informed Approach for Patients Suspected of OUD (PDF)
Develop strategies to adopt a trauma-informed approach to improve patient care.

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
Put together a plan to become a trauma-informed organization, system, or service sector.


Addressing Opioid Overdose in the ED

Addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in the Emergency Department
This training addresses the over-prescription of opioids in the emergency department. It provides strategies for:

  • Reducing opioid administration and prescribing
  • Recognizing signs of opioid use disorder



The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services — Resource Guide (PDF)
A summary of research and approaches to reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings.

Combating Stigma
Words matter. Learn about beneficial language to reduce stigma throughout treatment and recovery.

The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services — Webcast
This four-part series covers the importance of using approaches that are free of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors when treating individuals with substance use disorders and related conditions, as well as patients in recovery.


Engaging Peer Support Staff

Emergency Department-Based Peer Support for Opioid Use Disorder: Emergent Functions and Forms
Peer support programs based in emergency departments are a promising approach to addressing the opioid crisis. Become familiar with the research supporting these programs, and learn how they can link people with opioid use disorder to medication for assisted treatment and other recovery services. 


Mental Health

Co-occurrence of chronic pain and mental health disorders increase risk for opioid misuse, drug-drug interactions, and overdose. Learn more through these resources:


Respiratory Health

Chronic Opioid Therapy and Sleep: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Position Statement
Patients and medical providers should be aware that chronic opioid therapy can alter sleep architecture and sleep quality, as well as contribute to daytime sleepiness.


Provider Conversations and Motivational Interviewing

The Art of Difficult Conversations (PDF)
How to have tough conversations with high-risk patients.

Motivational Interviewing Principles for Physicians (PDF)
Learn effective interview techniques to understand the issues patients may be facing, including opioid use.

Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Use Disorder Treatment (PDF)
Rethink the concept of motivation and learn methods to influence positive change. 


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