Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety


Opioid use disorder related to prescription pain relievers affected an estimated 1.9 million people in 2014. From 2000 to 2015, more than a half million people died from drug overdoses. Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose.

Prescription opioids are a driving factor in the rising rates of opioid overdose deaths. Deaths from prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. This trend can only be reversed with collaboration from health care systems and their patients. Hospitals and health systems are partnering with patients, families and communities to prevent misuse by improving opioid prescribing practices, to reduce exposure to opioids by using alternative therapies and to treat opioid use disorder with evidence-based therapy. 

The resources below will help hospitals, health systems, health care providers and patients meet the goal of safe pain management.

Download the opioid adverse drug event (ADE) prevention road map:

opioid adverse drug event (ADE) prevention road map

Opioids toolkit

Pain assessment and management

Opioid safety

Patient monitoring

Prescribing guidelines

Sample policies

Tools and training

Patient and family education

Policy and advocacy

For additional opioid-related policy and advocacy resources, please see the policy and advocacy section of the MHA website.

For opioid-related video resources, please see the medication safety section of the MHA website.