Fighting the opioid epidemic.
Opioid prescription and addiction is on the rise, and we’re fighting back.
The PRxOS (Prescription Opioid Solutions) Project is a community-based collaborative effort with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality associated with local opioid use disorder (OUD). This group of agencies and individuals including providers, law enforcement, school administration, and more, are dedicated to creating solutions for our region that enable a high quality of life free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death. In September of 2018, PRxOS was formed from the successful North Idaho Rx Opioid Solution Symposium hosted by the Panhandle Health District. This event launched conversations and partnerships that have began to collaboratively establish a cross-sectoral community. Workgroups were structured from best practices used in comparable communities in the United States that have made measurable successes. Four workgroups: prevention, harm reduction, access to treatment, and community resources have begun compiling knowledge and resources to narrow the focus on locally attainable approaches. Our North Idaho specific Rx Opioid Strategic Plan can be found by Clicking Here.
Opioids are a class of drugs that can be used for pain relief and are commonly prescribed for acute pain, post-surgery, during cancer care, and throughout palliative care. However, in recent years, opioids prescribed for chronic pain relief have increased. In response, prescription opioid misuse and illicit opioid use has also increased.
Click here for a list of opioid drugs and medications.
Click here for data on opioid use by county (includes the 5 northern counties of Idaho).