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Reducing Opioid Overdose and Misuse
When the prescription becomes the problem
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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. Read the press release.

Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the nation.

In Oregon, 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

Getting help for opioid use disorder

Opioid use disorder can be treated. Talk to your health care provider or visit the links below for treatment resources.

Pain management resources

Our work


Addressing the opioid epidemic involves many local, state and national partners. In Oregon, our Opioid Initiative Partnership includes the following groups:

​In Oregon
​National partners