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Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force

Task Force Information

In an effort to change the conversation on pain management and improve patient safety, the Oregon Health Authority convened experts from across the state to develop clinical guidelines on opioid prescribing. In November 2016, the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force approved adoption of Oregon-specific prescribing guidelines, based on the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Statewide guidelines are now available for chronic pain, acute pain, dentists and pregnant women.

Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines

OHA convened experts on the 2019 Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force. The resulting guidelines from this task force supplement the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to help patients and prescribers approach opioid tapering with best practices in mind.

Meeting information and details are available below.
Note: This Workgroup completed its work in 2019.

The purpose of this Task Force was to develop opioid taper guidelines for clinicians. The Task Force consisted of members with a range of experience and expertise related to opioid use, prescribing and tapering. It also included a cross section of stakeholders and partners from across Oregon. Membership brought together individuals with clinical expertise, health leadership and individuals with life experience. 
Note: This Workgroup completed its work in 2018. 

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

Workgroup Charter

Workgroup Members


Note: This Task Force completed its work in December 2016. 

The Oregon Health Authority convened a Task Force to develop statewide opioid prescribing guidelines. In November 2016, Oregon's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force approved adoption of Oregon-specific opioid prescribing guidelines based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. These guidelines support Oregon's initiative to address the epidemic of opioid use, misuse, and overdose by optimizing care, improving patient safety, and providing a consistent framework for endorsement and implementation at the local level. The guideline includes recommendations to improve patient safety and care for those with chronic pain and address the ongoing prescription opioid overdose epidemic. 

Task Force Charter and Membership

Oregon Chronic Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Dentists