About AHRQ's Opioid Work

About AHRQ’s Opioid Work

A brief overview of AHRQ’s work supporting the larger HHS effort to combat the opioid epidemic.

Deaths from drug overdoses have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Prescription drugs, especially opioids, have been increasingly implicated in drug overdose deaths over the last decade. In response to recent increases in opioid-related morbidity and mortality, HHS has made addressing the opioid problem a priority. HHS is focused on implementing evidence-based approaches to reduce opioid overdoses and overdose-related mortality and the prevalence of opioid use disorder.

AHRQ, along with other HHS Operating and Staff Divisions, supports the HHS 5-Point Strategy To Combat the Opioids Crisis, which includes:

  • Better addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.*
  • Better data.*
  • Better research.*
  • Better targeting of overdose-reversing drugs.
  • Better pain management.

* An AHRQ focus area.

More information on HHS efforts is available on the HHS Web site.

For more information on AHRQ's work on opioids, contact Elisabeth Kato, MD, MRP.

Page last reviewed May 2019
Page originally created September 2018
Internet Citation: About AHRQ's Opioid Work. Content last reviewed May 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/opioids/about.html
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