Exploring Strategies to Prevent Opioid Morbidity and Mortality

Join us for a presentation on useful approaches to prevent opioid morbidity and mortality in your healthcare system. Strategies discussed will include how to reduce morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs) prescribed at hospital discharge, how to screen for patients at highest risk of developing an opioid-related adverse drug event (ORADE) or opioid use disorder (OUD), implementation of a take-home naloxone program, and buprenorphine induction and transition to outpatient treatment. A bonus topic at the end will introduce the concept of health equity in the opioid epidemic and what your hospital and clinics can be doing to decrease health disparities in this area.


This course, in its entirety, will take an estimated 1 hour to complete.

A transcript for this course is available upon request. Please e-mail the Compass team at compass@ihconline.org (e-mail) if you would like a copy.

This material was prepared by Compass HQIC Network a Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. 12SOW Compass HQIC Network/Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor – [0123] – 03/10/2022.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Quality improvement staff

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss measures to reduce, recognize, and manage opioid-related adverse drug events
  • Identify strategies to prevent opioid mortality at hospital discharge and beyond
  • Describe the role of health equity in the opioid epidemic and how to decrease health disparities
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Rachael Duncan, PharmD BCPS BCCCP

Rachael is a senior consultant for Stader Opioid Consultants based in Colorado. She has spent the past six years focused on policy, advocacy, and educational work surrounding opioid stewardship and treatment at both the state and national level. She practices as an emergency medicine and critical care clinical pharmacist at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado. In addition, she is the 340B drug program supervisor for Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, Colorado. Rachael graduated with her doctor of pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 2011, then completed a PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy critical care residency at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.

No continuing education is provided for this course. The user will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the course.

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