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Opioid Prescribing Work Group

The Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) is an advisory body of experts convened to forward DHS’ Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program (OPIP). The program plays a crucial role in Minnesota’s response to the crisis of prescription opioid misuse and abuse, namely addressing inappropriate prescribing behavior among Minnesota health care providers.

The work group will help shape the program by recommending statewide opioid prescribing protocols for various pain scenarios, such as acute, post-acute, and chronic pain. They will also recommend a quality improvement program within the Minnesota Health Care Programs. The program was created in 2015 at the direction of the governor and the Legislature, and the work group is convened through 2017.

Appointing authority: Commissioner of Human Services.
Compensation: $200 honorarium plus reimbursement for mileage and parking.
(Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0638)

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