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The Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is a reality that has become a national affliction that has swept the country from coast to coast. Public health officials have called the current epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, killing more than 35,000 people in 2015 with overdose deaths nearly equal to the number of deaths from car crashes. In 2015, for the first time, deaths from heroin alone surpassed gun homicides.  

The opioid epidemic has wrecked its havoc in other areas of care. We’ve seen a significant increase in opioid related hospital admissions and readmissions. State and federal programs are coordinating with regional community efforts to drive changes in the health care delivery systems and create public awareness about this crisis. Although not all adults have been impacted by prescription opioid misuse, older adults are disproportionately affected by chronic pain, opioid use and associated adverse events.

A Hopeful Vision

The HealthInsight Care Coordination Team envisions a patient and family-centered health care system free of opioid related harms.

Taking Steps Forward

Health care prescribers as well as patients, families and other health care professionals are essential partners in ending this epidemic. Learn what’s happening in your community and which partners are working to make a difference. Identify resources and tools that can simplify matters and know where to go for assistance. Visit the resource section for more information.

Events and Webinars

You can find more information about our webinars in the Events and Tools and Resources pages.


View a list of Opioid Safety Resources by state here.

Join us

Contact a member of your local HealthInsight team for more information or to participate:


Linda Griskell, Project Manager

New Mexico:

Remona Benally, Project Manager


Jennifer Wright, NHA, CPHQ, Project Lead


Larry Garrett, PhD, Project Coordinator