Opioid Initiative

student with pills Opioid use disorder is complex and requires multifaceted solutions with two goals: identify and help individuals who are currently facing opioid use disorder; and implement prevention strategies to reverse the alarming trends. Both the downstream turbulence and upstream opportunities must be addressed. There is no single action or policy change that will suddenly halt and reverse this crisis. Research and changes to both practice and policy are important strategies currently being implemented by Missouri hospitals, providers and other key partners.

A Dangerous Intersection


Since 2001, the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Missouri has steadily increased. In 2010, drug overdose deaths surpassed motor vehicle-related deaths in Missouri, and between 2014 and 2016, there were 29 Missouri counties with more drug overdose than MVA deaths. This list accounts for 70 percent of the population and includes nine out of our 10 most populous counties. New research from MHA is available below.

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 MVA vs. Opioid

  • Research
  • Policy
  • Practice
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MHA Board-Approved Policy | Opioid Use in Missouri: Strategy for Reduced Misuse and Abuse

Prescribing Guidelines | Opioid Policy Recommendations

MHA News Release | Opioid Prescribing Recommendations Endorsed by Six Health Care Provider Organizations

CDC Recommendations | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued 12 recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016, will help primary care providers ensure safe and effective treatment for their patients with chronic pain.

Opioid Initiative Videos


The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Expectant Mothers & Babies:
Dr. Randy Tobler, Scotland County Hospital

Randall Williams
Opioid Overuse Reduction Strategies: Dr. Randall Williams, Director, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Darin Haug
Emergency Department Opioid-Prescribing Guidelines Implementation:
Dr. Darin Haug

Sam PageThe Value Of A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program For Physicians:
Dr. Sam Page