This is an academic paper discussing The Opioid Initiative, launched in Oregon in 2015, which focuses on integrating efforts to improve patient care and safety, and population health, by increasing access to nonopioid pain treatment, supporting medications for opioid use disorder and naloxone access for people taking opioids, decreasing opioid prescribing, and using data to inform policies and interventions. This state initiative has shown promising results.
Hedberg, K., Bui, L.T., Livingston, C., Shields, L.M., Van Otterloo, J. (2019). Integrating Public Health and Health Care Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic: The Oregon Health Authority’s Opioid Initiative. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 25(3), 214-220.