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​The US is facing an opioid crisis, and the statistics are staggering. In 2014, 28,647 deaths in the US involved opioids, a number that has continued to increase year-on-year and shows no signs of slowing down. Even with significant attention and resources devoted to stemming the tide, the crisis has only led to more deaths from opioid misuse and abuse. Every day, overdoses create a worst case scenario for patients, families, and communities throughout the United States.
Over the past year, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI's) Innovation Team has developed a theory of change for how to address the opioid crisis in a community using a systems approach, and has identified four primary drivers that can reverse the trajectory of the crisis:
  1. Limit the supply of opioids
  2. Raise awareness of the risk of opioid addiction
  3. Identify and manage opioid-dependent population
  4. Treat opioid-dependent individuals
Given the complexity and severity of the crisis, work on each of these drivers needs to be implemented in a coordinated, collaborative approach. Health systems and providers will play a particularly critical role in impacting each of these drivers.

To support you in successfully taking on this challenge, IHI is pleased to offer The Opioid Crisis: How Health Care Can Take Action, a two-day seminar designed to equip health care organizations with strategies and tools to impact each of the four primary drivers of the opioid crisis. 


  • How to implement a system approach and the multiple roles health care organizations and providers can play in addressing the opioid crisis
  • Specific "test of change" ideas to test at your organization
  • Strategies to impact multiple drivers of the opioid crisis in your community, including:
    • Changing opioid prescribing practices
    • Educating physicians about the risks of opioids
    • Educating patients about chronic pain, opioids, and pain management
    • Identifying and tapering individuals who are dependent on opioids
    • Treating individuals who are addicted to opioids
    • Making linkages with ongoing efforts in your community


This seminar is designed to help you institute a system approach to taking on the opioid crisis in your organization. As such, it will benefit all areas of your organization and community to have a cross-section of professionals attend. Key attendees are prescribers, such as primary care physicians, emergency department physicians, pain managers, and nurse practitioners. Other important attendees include:
  • Health system administrators

  • Clinical leaders, e.g., medical directors, chief medical officers

  • Nurses

  • Program directors and managers charged with developing opioid programming

  • Quality/patient safety managers

  • Care managers

  • Risk managers

  • Pharmacists