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 stewardship road map:

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

opioid adverse drug event (ADE) prevention road map





Download the opioid prescribing for chronic pain road map:

Download the opioid prescribing for acute pain road map:

Download the opioid prescribing for post-acute pain 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


  • Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program: Drilling into the Opioid Reports
    View slides
    July 24, 2019
  • Opioid Stewardship Kickoff
    Marty Makary, New York Times bestselling author, Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Public Health. Presentation includes information on opioid stewardship and best practice in opioid prescribing.
    Note: Unable to record based on speaker’s contract.
    April 22, 2021
  • DHS Opioid Prescribing Improvement Project (Opioid Stewardship Series Part Two)
    Minnesota Department of Human Services presents details of the opioid prescriber report cards.
    View recording
    May 27, 2021
  • Best Practices in Opioid Prescribing (Opioid Stewardship Series Part Three)
    Heidi Overton, Ph.D. candidate, clinical investigations, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Presentation of  opioid prescribing best practices through health system and individual interventions.
    View recording
    une 24, 2021
  • Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Treatment of Pain (Opioid Stewardship Series Part Four)
    Alicia Gonzalez (Kurtz), MD. Emergency Medicine Medical Director, Marian Regional Medical Center Regional Director, CA Bridge Program.
    View recording
    Download slides
    July 22, 2021
  • Delivering Whole Person Care (Opioid Stewardship Series Part Five)
    Andrew Kolodny, M.D., senior scientist and medical director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative.
    View recording
    Download slides
    ugust 26, 2021
  • MHA Opioid Stewardship Road Map Rollout (Opioid Stewardship Series Part Six)
    A panel of four physicians describing the key foundational pillars used in the development of the opioid stewardship road map.
    View recording
    Download slides
    September 9, 2021

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.