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Reducing Opioid Morbidity and Mortality

Goal Leaders:

no photo ADM Brett Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health
no photo Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
no photo Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health

Deputy Goal Leaders:

Christopher M. Jones, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse

Goal Statement:

Reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality through: 1) improving access to prevention, treatment and recovery support services; 2) targeting the availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs; 3) strengthening public health data and reporting; 4) supporting cutting-edge research; and 5) advancing the practice of pain management.

Starting from the baseline of September 30, 2017, by September 30, 2019:

  1. Reduce opioid prescribing as measured by morphine milligram equivalents (MME):
    1. Decrease by 25% the MME of opioid analgesics dispensed in U.S. outpatient retail pharmacies
    2. Decrease by 10% the morphine milligram equivalents (MME) in opioid analgesic prescriptions dispensed in U.S. outpatient retail pharmacies.
  2. Increase naloxone access:
    1. Increase by 30% the number of prescriptions dispensed for naloxone in U.S. outpatient retail pharmacies.
  3. Increase uptake of medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder:
    1. Increase by 25% the number of unique patients receiving prescriptions for buprenorphine in U.S. outpatient retail pharmacies (excluding implantable or long-acting injection products).
    2. Increase by 100% the number of prescriptions for long-acting injectable or implantable buprenorphine from retail, long-term care, and mail-order pharmacies in the U.S.
    3. Increase by 25% the number of prescriptions for extended-released naltrexone from retail, long-term care, and mail-order pharmacies in the U.S.

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