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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 has convened experts from across the state to develop clinical guidelines on opioid prescribing. Statewide guidelines are now available for chronic pain, acute pain, dentists and pregnant women. OHA is now seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force. The resulting guidelines from this task force will supplement the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain to help patients and prescribers approach opioid tapering with best practices in mind. Please see below for more information.

Meeting information and details are available below.

OHA is convening experts and community members on the Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force, an approximately five-month process to identify tapering best practices. OHA has a continued interest in transparency, so the taper guidelines task force members will meet in public, as have all prior opioid guidelines task forces convened by the agency. The resulting guidelines will provide a framework for clinicians and patients looking to develop their own taper plans, as well as a starting point for dialogue between patient and provider.​


Membership Roster



All materials in PDF format unless noted.

Meeting Information Materials

April 12, 2019

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Portland ​State Office Building Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

March 12, 2019

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Portland State Office Building Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

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The purpose of Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup is 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.

Workgroup Charter

Workgroup Members


All materials in PDF format unless noted.

Meeting Information Materials

Sept. 7, 2018

8:00 - 10:00 am
Portland State Office Building, Room 1B

August 17, 2018

8:00 - 10:00 am
Portland State Office Building, Room 1A

July 30, 2018

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

Task Force approves prescribing guidelines for Oregon

November 18, 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. The guideline includes recommendations to improve patient safety and care for those with chronic pain, and address the ongoing prescription opioid overdose epidemic.

Oregon Chronic Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Dentists

About the Task Force

In 2016, the Oregon Health Authority convened a Task Force to develop statewide opioid prescribing guidelines. These guidelines will 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.

Task Force Charter and Membership


Meeting Information Materials
November 18, 2016
September 23, 2016
June 3, 2016

April 29, 2016


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