The opioid epidemic refers to the widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States and other countries. This crisis has led to a significant increase in opioid overdoses and deaths, along with profound social and economic consequences.

The Dakotas are impacted by this epidemic. North Dakota and South Dakota are both higher than the national average for opioid adverse drug events (ADEs), including deaths for high-risk patients. Increasingly, older adults are being admitted to the nursing home addicted to opioids; which may lead to falls, memory loss, confusion/delirium, loss of consciousness and/or increased hospitalizations to name just a few.

Opioids in ND and SD


The regular review of opioid and ADE data is a critical component of maintaining high standards of care, ensuring patient safety, and complying with regulatory requirements. We encourage your leadership and/or quality improvement team to review data and trend opioid ADEs in your facility and also review data for anticoagulants and antidiabetics; the other two high risk medications.

Navigating Opioid Use Disorder in Long-Term Care Facilities

Access this two-part training to better understand how to navigate opioid use disorder in long-term care facilities. Dr. Jean Storm shares how nursing homes must be ready for residents who are on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) as well as those addicted, but not yet on a MOUD.

Part I: Recording | Presentation
Part II: Recording | Presentation


Ensuring Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Treatment through the Care Continuum Webinar Series

This Series was a collaboration of all of the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations hosted a Webinar Series offering strategies, interventions and targeted solutions to ensure access to MOUD treatment and facilitate the continuity of care through the continuum. This series’ focus was ensuring MOUD treatment within nursing home and hospital care transitions, but was appropriate for all care settings. Access the MOUD Series, including presentations and recordings.


Listen to our Podcast: Q-Tips For Your Ears!Q Tips For Your Ears Podcast Logo

The Truth About Opioids: Opioids are medications prescribed by providers to treat persistent or severe pain. More than two million Americans misuse opioids and more than 90 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. Who is impacted and what can you or your community do to help reduce opioid misuse? Take a few minutes to listen and learn more.


Access the Great Plains QIN Focus 4 Health Series!

Friday Focus GearsStrategies for Opioid Misuse

Adverse Drug Events

  • Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events: Recording
  • Tactics to Reduce ADE’s with Prescribing & Transcribing of Medications: Recording
  • Dispensing and Administration: Recording
  • How Care Coordination Can Help in Preventing ADE’s: Recording

Naloxone Saves Lives. Take Our Training Today.

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network developed this Naloxone training for ANYONE interested in learning more about how Naloxone can be used to save a life.

This 20-minute training provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, three different naloxone administration techniques and Good Samaritan Laws in NorthNaloxone Training Dakota and South Dakota.

There are over 250 drug-related deaths every day. Naloxone saves lives. We each have a moral obligation to be prepared to administer naloxone in the event of an overdose. The risk of being unprepared can result in loss of life. The risk of giving naloxone when it may not be needed with an unresponsive individual is negligible. Watching this video will help you feel more comfortable with administering Naloxone in an emergency.

Access the Training

After completing the training video, a QR code/link is provided to access a Naloxone Training knowledge check. The knowledge check consists of 5 questions. A certificate of completion will be provided once the knowledge check is submitted.