Evidence-Based Practices and Analytics Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Since 1999, opioid-related deaths quadrupled, opioid sales nearly quadrupled, and opioid prescriptions soared. Each day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, and in Minnesota, drug overdose death rates increased 11% from 2014-2015. Allina’s interdisciplinary approach to this problem focused on alleviating pain without overuse of opioids for acute non-cancer pain in the outpatient setting by implementing evidence-based pain management and prescribing guidelines.


  • 980,527 fewer opioid pills prescribed in 2016, a 12% relative reduction.
  • 2,079 fewer patients receiving eight or more opioid pill prescriptions over 12 months, an 18% relative reduction.
  • 13,391 fewer patients receiving opioid prescriptions for more than 20 pills, a 13% relative reduction.


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