Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - Resources

These opioid epidemic resources include AHA resources and others addressing clinician education on prescribing practices, nonopioid pain management, addressing stigma, treatment options for opioid use disorder, patient family and caregiver education, transitions of care, safeguarding against diversion, collaborating with communities, and advocacy and policy.


AHA Resources

Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic (October 2017)
This toolkit, released by the AHA, provides guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can partner with patients, clinicians and communities to address the opioid epidemic.

Stem the Tide: Opioid Stewardship Implementation Guide (August 2020)
Stem the Tide initially was published by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in 2017 to provide guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can partner with patients, clinicians and communities to address the opioid epidemic. Since that time, a multitude of best practices, guidelines and literature related to opioid stewardship efforts have emerged. AHA is pleased to continue efforts to stem the tide with this Opioid Stewardship Measurement Implementation Guide and Menu of Measures.

This patient resource, created by AHA and the CDC, was designed to help hospitals foster more effective and fact-based conversations between patients and physicians about opioids, the risks and the alternatives. (February 2018)

Addressing the Prescription Opioid Crisis: Advancing Provider Education and Collaborating with All Stakeholders, NEJM Catalyst, Jay Bhatt, DO, & Elisa Arespacochaga, American Hospital Association (November 2017)

Featured AHA Resources

Playbook: Inpatient Opioid Use Disorder Clinical Pathway Playbook.

Webinar: You Can Do This! Address and Treat OUD as Part of Usual Hospital Care

Report: Shatterproof Addiction Stigma Index

Webinar: Caring for Patients with OUD in the General Hospital

Virtual Symposium: National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic 

Opioids and Stigma: These resources are available to help clinicians improve outcomes and reduce stigma to better care for patients with opioid use disorder.

AHA Blog: We must better understand stigma toward patients with substance use disorders

Legislative Advisory: A summary of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act of 2018

Chair File: Understanding and Treating Substance Use Disorders by Nancy Agee, AHA Board Chair and President and CEO of Carilion Clinic (April 2018)

Issue Brief: AHA Priorities to Address the Opioid Crisis (March 2018)