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Opioid Summaries by State

Information & Facts About Opioids



CDC - Center for Disease Control - Opioids


FDA  - Drug Safety Information

HHS - Department of Health and Human  Services - Opioids

NIH - National Institute of Health - Opioid Summary by State


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Federal Agency Information

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the DHHS includes information about programs to combat waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program.

OIG's Reading Room posts advisory opinions under the Medicare/Medicaid Anti-Kickback Law and lists of persons excluded from the Medicare/Medicaid Programs.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforces the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Administrative Law Judges conducts formal hearings in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act in connection with enforcement and regulatory cases brought by the DEA under the Controlled Substances Act and its attendant regulations.

National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

National Resources

National Safety Council  

Role in Procurement of CDC GUIDELINES 

The National Safety Council formally dedicated its resources to fighting prescription drug overdose in 2012, although an NSC study five years earlier laid the groundwork for this important initiative. The study revealed prescription drug overdose was the fastest-rising cause of unintentional death in the U.S.

Since then, NSC has positioned itself as the resource for employers, families and prescribers on the opioid crisis. NSC has taken key steps towards eradicating this epidemic.

Timeline of Events 




  • December – Attended signing of the 21st Century CURES act, which NSC supported  
  • October – Partnered with American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physicians to sponsor systematic evidence review for acute pain treatment
  • September – Established NSC Physician Speakers bureau
  • September – Sponsored Fed Up Rally
  • August – Conducted second Overdose Awareness Day in Chicago's Federal Plaza
  • August – Participated in meeting with Surgeon General and ONDCP Director on efforts to fight the opioid overdose epidemic with other leading organizations
  • July – Supported passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)
  • June – Published Prescription Nation 2016 report
  • March – Published results of the  national prescriber survey
  • March – Met with HHS Secretary staff about efforts to fight the opioid crisis
  • February—Testified at U.S. Senate Aging Committee hearing on Opioid Use and Abuse Among Older Americans
  • January – Testified in support of CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline for Chronic Pain at meeting of the CDC Board of Scientific Advisors




  • October – Released Prescription Nation report calling for state action to address the opioid crisis
  • March – Held prescription drug symposium "Preventing Prescription Drug Overdoses: A National Strategy"


  • December – Convened prescription drug expert panel comprised of business leaders, medical and pharmacy professionals, insurance industry and government experts
  • June – Partnered with National Governor's Association to provide grants to seven states to develop statewide plan to address prescription drug misuse
  • May – Launched the NSC prescription drug overdose initiative

National Academies of Science and Medicine


Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use

Released:  July 13, 2017


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Drug overdose, driven largely by overdose related to the use of opioids, is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. 

The ongoing opioid crisis lies at the intersection of two public health challenges: reducing the burden of suffering from pain and containing the rising toll of the harms that can arise from the use of opioid medications. 

Chronic pain and opioid use disorder both represent complex human conditions affecting millions of Americans and causing untold disability and loss of function. In the context of the growing opioid problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an Opioids Action Plan in early 2016. 

As part of this plan, the FDA asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a committee to update the state of the  science on pain research, care, and education and to identify actions the FDA and others can take to respond to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on informing FDA’s development of a formal method for incorporating individual and societal considerations into its risk-benefit framework for opioid approval and monitoring.

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Information & Resources

Video Series by George Knapp



Informative Video Series About the True Cause of the Opioid Crisis. 

 #OurPain: Opioid crisis leaves legitimate pain patients struggling
When you hear the word "opioid" on the news, it is usually attached to other words, including "crisis" and "epidemic."
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#OurPain: The other side of opioids
Millions of Americans who rely on opioid medications for pain relief are in anguish because of government pressure to reduce prescriptions across the board.
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#OurPain: How money factors into the opioid debate
Pain doctors say they'd like to wean their patients off of opioids when feasible, but many of the alternative treatments are not covered by public or private insurance programs.
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The Other Side of Opioids:


How the DEA Changed the Overdose Numbers

#OurPain: Opioid crackdown leaves veterans in pain

The years of service and injuries take their toll and for many, the only relief comes from opioids. But navigating the VA system is far from easy and fewer prescriptions are being written. Read More »News

I-TEAM: Opioid addiction versus dependency.  Millions of chronic pain patients, already living in agony because of disease or injuries, now live in fear that their medicine will be taken away because they've been stigmatized as drug addicts. Read More »News

#OurPain: Pain doctor who defends opioids under investigation  

A prominent pain doctor who was part of the I-Team's special project about the war on opioids is now the focus of a DEA investigation. Read More »


Links & Resources


Health Care and Medical Organizations

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.  

American Medical Association promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health and continues to be the leading advocate for physicians and their patients.

American Health Care Association provides information on long-term care including  issue papers, links to U.S. Government reports and databases, and more.

American Academy of Family Physicians preserves and promotes the science and art of family medicine and ensures high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages.

American Health Information Management Association is the community of professionals engaged in health information management, providing support to members and strengthening the industry and profession.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a home to research centers that specialize in major areas of health care research such as quality improvement and patient safety, outcomes and effectiveness of care, clinical practice and technology assessment, and health care organization and delivery systems. It is also a major source of funding and technical assistance for health services research and research training at leading U.S. universities and other institutions

The American Academy of Medical Management serves as an educational resource in the U.S. for people working in the business side of health care.

The College of American Pathologists, the principal organization of board-certified pathologists, serves and represents the interest of patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Institute of Medicine is a nonprofit organization for science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health. The Institute provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), an independent and not-for-profit organization, is the predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The organization is frequently referred to as a watchdog for the managed care industry.

Health Law Organizations

The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) is an educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field.

Legislative Information

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) addresses the security and privacy of health data and establishes national standards for electronic health care transactions.

State Legislative Database Search offers key-word searching of all Internet accessible state legislatures.

US Code of Federal Regulations is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

Telemedicine, Technology & Health Law is Alan S. Goldberg's site on telemedicine, health law, fraud and abuse and related issues.

THOMAS provides Congressional legislative information via the Internet.

Kaiser Family Foundation provides access to resources and information on major areas of health care policy, including narrated slide lectures, research, data, and policy analysis.

Health Care News and Current Events

America's Health Insurance Plans is the national trade association representing the health insurance industry. Their website provides information about health care news and policy updates.

FierceHealthcare provides healthcare management news for healthcare industry executives.

Modern Healthcare provides healthcare business and policy news, research and information.


AJPH American Journal of Public Health 

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law


The New England Journal of Medicine 



Journal of the American Medical Association

American Journal of Public Health 

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law



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This is your brain on opioids 

How buprenorphine, or ‘bupe’, changed opioid addiction treatment

Abstinence vs. medication-assisted treatment: Traditional 12-step programs embrace a new model 

The menace in the medicine cabinet: The opioid epidemic’s pharmaceutical roots

The rise of Narcan, the life-saving opioid antidote that can stop an overdose in its tracks 

Why the new face of opioid addiction calls for a new approach to treatment

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