Oregon's strategy to confront prescription opioid misuse: a case study


Key Questions: How can prescription opioid misuse be reduced? How has the state of Oregon progressed with this reduction?

This case study reviews the Oregon’s Prescription Drug Taskforce’s participation in the National Governors Association State Policy Academy on Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse.

This case study provides an overview of a strategy developed by the Taskforce for practice change, community education, enhanced access to sage opioid disposal, consensus development, and 5 action steps to address the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. 

These action steps include:

  1. fewer pills in circulation
  2. educate prescribers and the public on the risks of opioid use
  3. foster safe disposal of unused medication
  4. provide treatment for opioid dependence
  5. continued leadership from the Governor, health plans and health professionals


  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction and context
    • 1.1 Opioid use in Oregon
  • 2. Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission and the NGA Policy Academy
    • 2.1 NGA Policy Academy
    • 2.2 Stakeholder meetings in Oregon
  • 3. Opioid strategy and action steps
    • 3.1 Amended legislation
    • 3.2 Educated prescribers
    • 3.3 Local policies
    • 3.4 Remaining challenges
    • 3.5 Sustainability strategy
  • 4. Discussion
    • 4.1 Limitations
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
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Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

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