Opioid Epidemic

Learn what providers, social services, and community based organizations are doing to address the epidemic in their communities.

Barbara Rabson

Claire Neely

Kayla Cole


Effective Engagement to Tackle the Opioid Crisis

How Did an Over Reliance on Meds Get Us to Where We Are Now

It Takes a Community: Owning the Opioid Epidemic Webinar

Policies and Guidelines

Mandated to identify of gaps in pain management best practices and propose recommendations to address the identified gaps

Trainings and tools to help primary care doctors provide safer care for patients with chronic pain.

A brief, self-report screening tool designed for use with adult patients in primary care settings to assess risk for opioid abuse among individuals prescribed opioids for treatment of chronic pain.

A number of health literacy tools that can be used to improve communication with MTM patients.

Training Resources

Campaign that tells real stories of people who were torn apart by prescription opioids. Provides resources and trainings on media techniques and shaping narratives.

Provides the AMA Opioid Task Force recommendations, and what AMA is currently doing to prevention opioid abuse. Provides a number of educational and action resources.

The SAFE Opioid Prescribing Pre-Course – A Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) activity. The SAFE Opioid Prescribing Pre-Course provides guidelines that is essential for safe and effective pain management when using extended (ER) and long-activating (LA) opioids.

A collaborative effort that aims to bring together a wide set of partners to promote shared messages, educational resources, and practical tools for health care providers.

Sign the MMO Initiative Pledge!


TCPi Medication Management and Opioid (MMO) Initiative

In alignment with national action towards improving medication management and opioid misuse, TCPI is focused on improving health outcomes, reducing unnecessary utilization, and generating cost savings for government and private payers. TCPI launched the Medication Management and Opioid Initiative in alignment with the TCPI 7 Aims.  Our intent is to generate commitments from TCPI and partner clinicians to be in action by signing the MMO Pledge. This pledge will be on a public page of www.healthcarecommunities.org and will be open to TCPI-enrolled clinicians to complete.


We pledge to…

  1. Educate ourselves and our team, to refer patients to appropriate resources or implement into our practice, how to:
  1. Adhere to evidence-based treatment guidelines (state and/or national).
  2. Treat patient-specific pain safely and effectively.
  3. Identify and treat/refer persons with substance abuse/opioid misuse issues. This should include creating opportunities to further the practice of substance use screenings and referrals.
  4. Align with local pharmacies and community-based organizations that offer naloxone dispensing and education and/or provide Medication-Assisted Treatment*.
  5. Coordinate with Medication Therapy Management (MTM)** services to assist with appropriate prescribing, patient education, risk stratification, and medication monitoring.
  1. Ensure persons with opioid use disorder are treated in a respectful and person-centered manner. Improvements may include:
    1. Generating opportunities for patient protections providing better information about the risks and benefits of taking prescription opioids.
    2. Referring to, creating, or expanding counseling and support service connections for persons and their families who have overdosed on opioids and been revived by naloxone.
    3. Identifying connections to pharmacist and behavioral health resources to maximize person and family engagement with community support services.
    4. Developing accountability contracts in collaboration with individuals, which includes that they only use one pharmacy and one opioid prescriber for needed pain medications.
  2. Leverage and align with existing programs and initiatives, as appropriate, to combat opioid misuse such as:
    1. Relevant national and state laws, regulations, and initiatives related to opioids
    2. States’ Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
  3. Identify and report on successes and best practices and spread within the TCPI Community and other partner communities (e.g., QIN-QIOs, QPP SURs, HIINs).

* Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders.
** Medication therapy management service(s) (MTMS) describe face-to-face patient assessment and intervention as appropriate, by a pharmacist, upon request. MTMS is provided to optimize the response to medications or to manage treatment-related medication interactions or complications.