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News Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive

3/26/2018
  • Bureau of Substance Addiction Services

BSAS is pleased to announce the release of another tool to assist residents of the Commonwealth in their efforts to achieve and maintain recovery from opioid use disorders. 

Residents can review and complete the Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive (DOC) with their medical providers. The form states residents’ wishes when they cannot speak for themselves during an emergency. Persons who sign the form say in advance that they do not want opioids for pain to be administered or prescribed to (or for) them in an emergency.

This form was created as a result of Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016, an act relative to substance use, treatment, education, and prevention (the STEP Act), which was signed by Governor Baker in March of 2016.

Bureau of Substance Addiction Services 

BSAS oversees the statewide system of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals, families, and communities affected by gambling and substance addiction.
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