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Reducing Opioid Overdose and Misuse

The Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup is currently working to set a standard of care in Oregon around safe opioid prescribing for acute pain. The workgroup will develop detailed recommendations for acute opioid prescribing that will be included as an amendment to Oregon’s existing Statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, and will address acute opioid prescribing in primary care, emergency departments, dentistry, and after surgical procedures.

Visit our Task Force page to learn more.

 

Opioid Deaths in Oregon

Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation. Prescription opioids are one of the biggest contributors to drug overdose deaths; an average of 3 Oregonians die every week from prescription opioid overdose. Many more Oregonians develop opioid use disorder and/or dependency.

Partners across Oregon are working to reduce this epidemic. We have made recent progress, but there is more work to be done.

Prescribing Guidelines

Oregon's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force has approved adoption of Oregon-specific opioid prescribing guidelines (pdf). The guideline includes recommendations to improve patient safety and care for those with chronic pain, and address the ongoing prescription opioid overdose epidemic.

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