Overview – Safer Opioid Prescribing

According to the CDC, opioid addiction exists in epidemic proportions in the US, and prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the US. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses now outnumber deaths due to motor vehicle accidents nationally. For more information about this epidemic, click here.

As prescription painkiller abuse has grown in the US, efforts to identify and enhance the response of healthcare practitioners have been made by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, CSAT, SAMHSA, NIDA and others.  Starting in 2008, the Governor’s Institute has partnered with the NC Division of MHDDSAS, the COE for Integrated Care, NCAFP, and other state partners to provide continuing medical education and technical assistance for primary care providers on safer opioid prescribing/pain management. In response to continuing requests for assistance, the Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust funded a 2 year expansion of this professional and community-based educational program in eastern NC.

Currently, multiple partners are working on the Community Care of NC (CCNC)-led Chronic Pain Initiative. These collaborators include the Governor’s Institute, the Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust, NC Foundation for Advance Health Programs, NC Division of MHDDSAS/CSRS, NC Office of Rural Health, NC Division of Public Health, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, NC Academy of Family Physicians, NC College of Emergency Physicians, and other community partners. More information can be found by clicking here.


A Project of the Governor's Institute on Alcohol & Substance Abuse and the North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine.
Funded wholly or in part by the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.959) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.