Behavioral Health


Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Latest AHA News

SAMHSA announces webinar on substance use disorder confidentiality rule AHA News Now (March 10, 2017)

Coverage Matters in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse AHA Blog (March 3, 2017)

Study: Many people treated with buprenorphine continue to receive other opioids AHA News (February 27, 2017)

SAMHSA delays implementation of substance use disorder confidentiality rule AHA News Now (February 15, 2017)

HHS: Uninsured mental health, substance use hospitalizations fall AHA News Now (January 12, 2017)

Looking for AHA NEWS related to the opioid epidemic from 2016? Click here to visit the news archive.

Looking for recent AHA LETTERS, ADVISORIES, and BULLETINS on the opioid epidemic? Click here.

AHA Webinars and Conference Calls

Substance Use Prevention: How to Make it Work in Your Community (January 19, 2017)

Morrison County’s Success in Combating Prescription Drug Abuse (December 13, 2016)

Essentia Health’s COAT Program Reduces Opioid Addiction (November 16, 2016)

The Addiction Crisis: A Community's Response (October 2016)

Our Community Responds to the Opiate Epidemic: Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis  (July 2016)

The Safe Passage Initiative: Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis (May 2016)

Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative: Community Hospital Foundation (April 2016)

SAMHSA Proposed Rule: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records (April 2016)

Clinical Pharmacist Chronic Pain Services: Implementing Interprofessional Care (March 2016)

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Massachusetts' Path to Action (March 2016) 

Hospital and Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis:  Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital’s Approach (February 2016) 

Reducing the Impact of Addiction & Substance Abuse: Greater Bangor’s Community Health Leadership Board – St. Joseph Healthcare, Bangor, ME (May 2015)

Effective Programs for Pregnant, Addicted Patients – Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY and First Hospital Wyoming Valley, Wilkes Barre, PA (December 2014)

AHA Members in Action

A Multi-Pronged Approach to the Opioid Crisis – Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH (February 2017)

Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (February 2017)

Maternal Opiate Medical Support Project – MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH (January 2017)

Hampton Police and Sentara partner to combat opiate overdoses, WTKR (November 2016)

STATE OBOT-B – Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (September 2016)

Community and Hospital Response to the Opioid Epidemic – OHSU Hospital, Portland, OR (August 2016)

Hospital-County Collaboration Prevents Opioid Abuse - CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls, MN (August 2016)

Alternatives to Opiates (ALTO) Program – St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ (June 2016)

Prescribe Safe – Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA (May 2016)

The Safe Passage Initiative – Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, IL (May 2016)

Chronic Non-Malignant Pain, Addiction and Accidental Overdose: Interventions Inside and Outside the Walls – Duke University Health System, Durham, NC (May 2016)

Mountain States Health Alliance Adds to Opioid Addiction Arsenal MSHA, Johnson City, TN (May 2016)

A Population Health Approach to the Opioid Epidemic: 4 Types of Patients and 4 Key Strategies – Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA (April 2016)

Duke University Health System's Approach to Opioid Safety Durham, NC (December 2015)

CDC, HHS, and SAMHSA Resources

Report: Protecting Our Infants Act Report to Congress (January 19, 2017)

White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women (December 2016)

CDC's Opioid Guide Mobile App (December 2016)

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (November 2016)

Advancing the Care of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants: A Foundation for Clinical Guidance, SAMHSA (August 3, 2016)

A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare and Collaborating Service Providers, SAMHSA (August 2016)

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions Substance Use Trainings

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) and CDC Call Series (June - December 2016)

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, Guideline Resources, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  (March 2016)

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, SAMHSA (January 2016)

Hospitals & Health Networks Coverage

Hospitals Harness EHRs, State Databases to Combat Opioid Epidemic (August 10, 2016)

Podcast: Hospitals try new approaches to treating opioid-dependent babies (June 9, 2016)

Tiny, opioid-dependent babies a massive problem; how health care could save billions (June 3, 2016)

6 Steps for hospitals to take to prevent prescription drug abuse, diversion (May 31, 2016)

As Congress Acts to Address Opioid Epidemic, States Taking Own Steps (May 16, 2016)

CDC Rolls Out New Tools to Help Hospitals Fight the Deadly Opioid Epidemic (March 16, 2016)

9 Ways to Use Your Hospital’s Emergency Department to Curb the Deadly Opioid Epidemic (March 9, 2016)

How Hospitals are Fighting on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis (March 2, 2016)

Hospitals Backing Increased Use of Opioid Antidote (January 8, 2016)

FDA Approves Nasal Naloxone To Combat Opioid Overdosing (November 20, 2015)

For more H&HN stories on the opioid epidemic, visit the H&HN website.

Other AHA Resources

Prescription Opioids: What You Need to Know (June 2016)

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards (April 27, 2016)
    Joint Commission Statement on Pain Management (April 18, 2016)

Looking for recent AHA LETTERS, ADVISORIES, and BULLETINS on the opioid epidemic? Click here.

Related Content

Annals of Surgery: Special Series: The Opioid Crisis (Some articles require a subscription)

Levels of Care for Rhode Island Emergency Departments and Hospitals for Treating Overdose and Opioid Use Disorder, Rhode Island Dept. of Health, Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare and Hospitals Developmental Disabilities (March 2017)

U.S. Surgeon General appeals to America’s clinicians to visit where they can pledge their commitment to combating opioid misuse (August 2016)

Prescription Drug 2016: Addressing America’s Drug Epidemic (June 2016)

Heroin overdose antidote now costs double, The Daily Beast  (May 30, 2016)

Opioid abuse in chronic pain – misconceptions and mitigation strategies, New England Journal of Medicine (March 31, 2016)

Opioid use and overdose: what we’ve learned in Ontario, Healthcare Quarterly (January 2016)

Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids Implementation Guide, Society for Hospital Medicine, Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement.  (2015) (Free registration required)

AAMI Foundation Report Makes Case for Continuous Monitoring of Patients Receiving Opioids, AAMI (December 18, 2015)

CMS Survey and Certification Letter related to monitoring of post-operative patients receiving IV opioid medications (March 14, 2014)



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