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