Advocating for Family Doctors in Maine

November 2022 - Special Edition

"Managing Pain"

MAFP Member Resources for Managing Chronic Pain & Controlled Substance Prescribing

The recent closure of a pain clinic in southern Maine brings two things to mind: 

1. Family Physicians are well-positioned to work with patients who have complex problems like chronic pain (and there are many such patients in need of a good Family Physician), and

2. Continue to follow Controlled Substance prescribing best practices by following communications from the AAFP, other medical societies and licensing boards.

Photo: Loren Ballestas DO, Bangor)

Check out these local Maine resources: 

(Photo: E. Mock)

Maine SUD Learning Community offering multiple resources on chronic pain management:

  • Technical assistance
  • Rapid ECHO (1 hr/week for 6 weeks)
  • Tapering resources - Benzos & Methadone
  • Archived webinars
  • Open office hours on 11/29


Handout: “Universal Precautions,” Maine Independent Clinical Information Service

Individualized Academic Detailing on Tapering & Maine Opioid Laws, Maine Independent Clinical Information Service, More Information - Contact MICIS HERE

Online CME modules on Tapering and the PMP, MMA Center for Quality Improvement - HERE

Controlled Substance Stewardship program, Schmidt Institute


Upcoming Educational Webinars & ECHO from

the ME SUD Learning Community

·        Dec. 6 | 12 PM to 1 PM | Understanding and Addressing Cannabis Use

·        Dec. 6 | 12 PM to 1 PM | How to Taper Opioids: Opioid Rapid Response and

 Pain Management ECHO Program

·        Dec.12 | 12 PM to 1 PM | Urine Toxicology Testing in SUD Treatment

The ORR and Pain Management ECHO is presenting these topics on the following dates: (View calendar & registration links HERE)


·        Dec. 13, 2022 – How to Taper Benzodiazepines

·        Jan. 3, 2023 – Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, and Patient-

Centered Communication

·        Jan. 10, 2023 – Safe[R] Opioid Prescribing

·        Jan. 17, 2023 – Non-Opioid Pharmacotherapy for Chronic Pain

·        Jan.24, 2023 – Methadone and Buprenorphine for Chronic Pain

(From National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities conference, October 2022 (E. Mock)

Check out these AAFP Member resources: 

AAFP Chronic Pain Management Toolkit (collection of resources) HERE

Pharmacological Management of Acute Pain (article) HERE)

Cannabis for Treatment of Chronic Pain (brief report) HERE

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