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Resources & Referrals

Call 1-866-337-DACS for substance use and other behavioral health resources and referrals to meet the needs of patients in your community.

General substance use resources for DC prescribers:

Free Naloxone 
Throughout the District, naloxone nasal spray is available without a prescription at 42 participating pharmacies and community-based organizations. To obtain naloxone, anyone may stop in at a participating pharmacy and present ID to receive a free naloxone kit.

Options to find participating pharmacies:

Naloxone refresher training video:

Buprenorphine Drug Assistance Program (BUP-DAP) 
Designed to increase access to drugs used primarily in medication-assisted substance misuse treatment (Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Suboxone, and Naloxone). When presented to participating pharmacies, it can cover medicine costs, co-pays, and pharmacy dispensing fees. Recipients will need to present a government issued photo ID.

Pocket Guides for Safe Opioid Prescribing 
Contains a number of resources to providers, including: CDC guidelines for safe opioid prescribing, a Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) conversion chart, a checklist for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and additional resources for providers and patients.

DC Center for Rational Prescribing (DCRx) 
This learning portal provides information about medications and other therapeutic options. The DC Department of Health provides non-commercial, independent continuing education courses, free to ALL DC licensed healthcare professionals. 

The DC Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (DC PDMP) 
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) aims to improve the District’s ability to identify and reduce diversion of prescription drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of controlled substances. 

  • PDMP Prescriber Reports 
    Sent to prescribers who are registered with the DC PDMP on a quarterly basis. These Prescriber Reports illustrate a practitioner’s personal prescribing trends for opioids, buprenorphine, sedatives, and stimulants in comparison to other local practitioners within their specialty. Please note: you must include your DEA number when registering for the PDMP in order to receive prescriber reports. The comparison to other practitioners within your specialty is based on the user role that you select when registering for the PDMP.
  • Gateway Integration 
    Allows any health care facility in the District to integrate DC PDMP data into their clinical workflow. DC Health covers the licensing fees associated with the integration service. To get started, fill out the online request form. Find more information about Gateway Integration on the DC Health website or email integration-related questions to:

A coordinated multi-stakeholder approach to comprehensively address the opioid epidemic by sharing data, discussing initiatives and best practices, and identifying common approaches. The initiative is led by the DC Department of Behavioral Health with a goal of reducing opioid use, misuse, and opioid-related deaths in DC. For more information about Live.Long.DC strategies and initiatives, visit: