Since the emergence of the opioid epidemic in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century, more than 400,000 Americans have died as the result of an opioid overdose. As of 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that more two million people have an opioid use disorder. With the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays and the number of opioid-related emergency department visits continuing to rise dramatically in the US, hospitals have the opportunity to make a major impact in reducing morbidity and mortality related to opioid use.
This document, produced by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, provides system-level strategies that hospitals can implement immediately to address the challenges of preventing, identifying, and treating opioid use disorder.
This document provides hospital and health system administrators and leaders with:
- specific improvement ideas for five system-level strategies that address the challenges of preventing, identifying and treating opioid use disorder
- brief case examples describing other hospitals’ approaches
- source literature and additional resources, including cost savings data, where applicable.