Prevent Opioid Use Disorder

There are a variety of ways to help reduce exposure to opioids and prevent opioid use disorder, such as:

  • Prescription drug monitoring programs
  • State prescription drug laws
  • Formulary management strategies in insurance programs, such as prior authorization, quantity limits, and drug utilization review
  • Academic detailing to educate providers about opioid prescribing guidelines and facilitating conversations with patients about the risks and benefits of pain treatment options
  • Quality improvement programs in health care systems to increase implementation of recommended prescribing practices
  • Patient education on the safe storage and disposal of prescription opioids
  • Improve awareness and share resources about the risks of prescription opioids, and the cost of overdose on patients and families.
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): sometimes referred to as “opioid abuse or dependence” or “opioid addiction,” OUD is a problematic pattern of opioid use that causes significant impairment or distress.

More than 11.5 million people reported misuse of prescription pain medicine in 2016.
48.5 million Americans have used illicit drugs or misused Rx drugs.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain