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New Quality Improvement Guide for Primary Care Opioid Prescribers

September 27, 2018
Plus: Nearly $200 million in new CDC funds will go to territories, tribes, NGOs, and states to help support opioid awareness and response programs.

A PPM Brief


The CDC has awarded $155 million in new funding to states and US territories as a part of its opioid epidemic awareness and response campaign. “These funds will provide critically needed resources to those on the frontlines of the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, in a CDC news release. Another $27 million will go to nine NGOs to support state and US territory efforts with staffing, procurement, and training to enhance local public health capacity, while $12 will go to support 11 Tribal Epidemiology Centers and 15 tribal entities in their overdose surveillance efforts. Often left out of the opioid discussion, the rate of overdose deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives, in particular, is above the national average and recent data show this trend continuing, according to the release. With more information, prevention strategies can be developed and targeted to better address the opioid crisis within tribal communities.

Prairie land, American Indian reservation territoryCDC will grant $12 to support 11 Tribal Epidemiology Centers and 15 tribal entities in their overdose surveillance efforts.


In addition to the new funding, the CDC has released a new resource on how to implement the 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain—aimed at primary care providers. The online guide also includes a resource toolkit, fact sheets, and available webinars.

The efforts overall fall under the HHS’ ongoing five-point strategic plan to curb the national epidemic:

  1. Use data to monitor emerging trends and direct prevention activities
  2. Strengthen state, local, and tribal capacity to respond to the epidemic
  3. Work with providers, health systems, and payers to reduce unsafe exposure to opioids and treat addiction
  4. Coordinate with public safety and community-based partners to rapidly identify overdose threats, reverse overdoses, link people to effective treatment, and reduce harms associated with illicit opioids
  5. Increase public awareness about the risks of opioids.


Last updated on: November 1, 2018
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