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Clinical Resources & Tools

Facebook Live with Dr. Alysse Wurcel
IDSA spoke with Dr. Alysse Wurcel from the Department of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center in 2018 to discuss the infectious diseases impacts of the opioid epidemic. Dr. Wurcel, a clinician and researcher with expertise in HIV and hepatitis C, specializes in the care of individuals who inject drugs and those involved with the justice system. To watch the interview, click here.

2017 HIVMA of IDSA Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Pain in Patients Living With HIV
Review of types of chronic pain commonly seen among persons living with HIV (PLWH) and of the limited evidence base for treatment of chronic noncancer pain in this population. Also reviews the management of chronic pain in special populations of PLWH, including persons with substance use and mental health disorders, and possible pharmacokinetic interactions.

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
Recommendations from the CDC for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings (published in 2022).

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator
Online directory searchable by address, city and zip code for substance use and mental health service providers.

Providers Clinical Support System
Program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train providers in evidenced-based prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders and treatment of chronic pain. Offers Medication Assisted Treatment waiver training at no cost and an “Ask the Expert” feature for substance use treatment and pain management questions.

North American Syringe Exchange Network
Online directory of syringe exchange programs by state.

Federal Funding Opportunities
Link to opioid related funding opportunities listed on


ID & Opioid Use Disorder Policy Brief

ID & Opioid Use Disorder Research Recommendations


Opioid & Health Indicator Database

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