The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) opioid initiative: bringing together health experts and communities to reduce deaths, non-fatal overdoses, and harms to Oregonians from prescription opioids, while expanding use of non-opioid pain care.

  1. Reduce risks to patients by making pain treatment safer and more effective, emphasizing non-opioid and non-pharmacological treatment.
  2. Reduce harms to people taking opioids and support recovery from substance use disorders by making naloxone rescue and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) more accessible and affordable.
  3. Protect the community by reducing the number of pills in circulation through implementation of safe prescribing, storage, and disposal practices.
  4. Optimize outcomes by making state and local data available for informing, monitoring, and evaluating policies and targeted intervention.
    • Opioid prescribing and overdose outcome measures are updated quarterly and posted in an interactive data dashboard
    • Drug overdose (Fentanyl) Response Team developing investigative guideline for counties
    • Collaboration with Oregon Medical Board and State Medical Examiner on overdose fatality notification for providers
    • Trainings and templates for Local Public Health Authorities to access and report on overdose and prescribing data
    • Opioid metrics work group developing standardized QI measures

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