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Reducing Opioid Overdose and Misuse

The Oregon Health Authority convened the Oregon Pregnancy and Opioids Workgroup to develop the following materials that provide Oregon health care providers with a consolidated set of recommendations for the management of opioid use during pregnancy, women with OUD during pregnancy, and care of the opioid-exposed newborn.


Opioid Deaths in Oregon

Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation; more drug poisoning deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug, including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin and cocaine. An average of 3 Oregonians die every week from prescription opioid overdose, and many more develop opioid use disorder.

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

What you should know about opioid pain medication
Naloxone can save a life
For health care professionals and CCOs

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.

More provider resources

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