Reducing Opioid Misuse and Diversion

Link to Opioid Change PackageThe use of prescription opioid analgesics has increased dramatically in the United States over the past two decades. There has been a corresponding increase in fatal drug overdoses, with deaths reaching an all-time high in 2014.  Opioid overdoses and deaths affect the entire population, including Medicare beneficiaries, of the states served by Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network – Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

About the Project

Through the Reducing Opioid Misuse and Diversion Project, Quality Insights’ team will:
 
  • Engage patients and families by providing educational materials in physician offices
  • Provide tools and resources on prescribers’ use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases
  • Promote the adoption of CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
  • Serve as a convener at the state level for partners and stakeholders to promote and adopt strategies to reduce opioid misuse and diversion
As a result of these efforts, we hope to see:
 
  • A decrease in beneficiaries who fill opioid prescriptions from multiple providers
  • A decrease in beneficiaries who fill concurrent opioid prescriptions 
Fast Facts*
 
  • More than 30% of Americans have some form of acute or chronic pain; among older adults, the prevalence of chronic pain is more than 40%.
  • In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimated that 20% of patients seen in physician offices with non-cancer pain and/or pain-related diagnoses receive prescriptions for opioids.
  • Opioid analgesics are the most commonly prescribed class of medications in the United States.
  • Prescriptions for opioid pain relievers have quadrupled since 1999. 
  • The rate of opioid overdoses tripled between 2000 and 2014.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Supporting Data

  National DE LA NJ PA WV
Rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 residents in 2014* Percentage 14.7 20.9 16.9 14 21.9 35.5
Number 47,055 189 777 1,253 2,732 627
*Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2014
(http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6450a3.htm

Get Involved 

Biddy Smith
Network Task Lead
800.642.8686, ext. 3252
bsmith@qualityinsights.org

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