Opioid prescribing and tapering guidelines

The City created opioid prescribing guidelines and tapering guidelines that health care providers can use when considering prescribing opioids. The guidelines are listed below individually.

The Department of Public Health has also been working with public and private health insurers to establish safer opioid prescribing policies and policies that improve access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Find out more about the City's response to the opioid epidemic.

Name Description Released Format
Opioid Guidelines pdf Department of Public Health guidelines to help surgeons and other physicians manage patient expectations, maximize the use of nonopioid pain treatments, and limit the duration of opioid use. December 19, 2018
Opioid Guidelines (Background for Surgeons) pdf Background data supporting the Department of Public Health’s guidelines for the prescription of opioids. December 19, 2018
Opioid Prescribing Guidelines pdf This flyer outlines the Department of Public Health's opioid prescribing guidelines for health care providers who are considering prescribing opioids. July 27, 2018
Opioid Tapering Guidelines pdf Department of Public Health guidelines written for health care providers to help people taper off opioids. July 27, 2018
Managing Pain After Surgery pdf This patient information flyer includes tips for managing pain after surgery, including many ways your health care team can help manage your pain without prescribing opioids. July 9, 2019
Naloxone Available Here Sign pdf All retail pharmacies in Philadelphia are required to display a sign issued by the Department of Public Health indicating that naloxone is available there. February 27, 2019