The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has sought to provide a resource for use by state medical boards in educating their licensees about cautious and responsible prescribing of controlled substances while alleviating fears of regulatory scrutiny. Inappropriate prescribing can contribute to adverse outcomes such as reduced function, opioid addiction, overdose, and death. By promulgating its Model Policies, the FSMB has sought to provide a framework for the legitimate medical use of opioid analgesics for
the treatment of pain while emphasizing the need to safeguard against their misuse and diversion.
Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States: Model Policy on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, July 2013.