Pain & Substance Use Disorder

Opioids can provide powerful relief for pain after surgery or injury, but must be used with extreme caution. Opioids are highly addictive narcotic substances and can be devastating to its victims and their families. Opioid misuse has a compounding ripple effect throughout communities, affecting quality of life, economic opportunity and rural prosperity.  No corner of our country has gone untouched by the opioid crisis, but the impact of this issue on small towns and rural places has been particularly significant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported an average increase in opioid overdose deaths of 30% during 2020 as compared to the previous year and noted that drug overdose death rates continue to rise in both rural and urban areas.  

Great Plains QIN aims to provide best practices, data, tools and training that will be available to support nursing homes and all community partners reduce opioid misuse, adverse drug events and improve Naloxone and Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) uptake. 

The White House Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose is a nationwide call-to-action to stakeholders across all sectors to commit to save lives by increasing training on and access to life-saving opioid overdose reversal medications.


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Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)

North Dakota
Evidence-Based Treatment and Recovery Strategies for Opioid Use Disorder | ND Health and Human Services 
Opioid Treatment Programs

South Dakota
Avoid Opioid South Dakota 
Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Find Treatment | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Find Treatment Practitioner Locator | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pain Management

North Dakota
Prescription Opioid Safety: Tips On Safe Use | ND Health and Human Services 
Shared Community Resources | ND Health and Human Services 

South Dakota
South Dakota Avoid Opioid 

GPQIN Suite of Tools For Pain and Substance Use Disorder
GPQIN Comfort Menu Tool
GPQIN Prescription for Self-Management of Pain (can be completed electronically or printed)
GPQIN Reduce Smoking and Improve Pain Management
GPQIN Naloxone Training

Opioid Guideline Mobile App | CDC
Calculating Daily Dose of Opioids for Safer Dosage | CDC
Opioids in Nursing Homes | AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
Opioid Misuse Resources | CMS
Prevention & Treatment of Substance Use Disorders in Rural Communities Toolkit | Rural Health Information Hub

Peer Support

North Dakota
Peer Support | ND Health and Human Services  
24/7 Recovery Talk | ND Health and Human Services 
North Dakota ONE Program

South Dakota
Peer and Support Group
Behavioral Health Services

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Great Plains Quality Care Coalition

Our Vision: Through collaboration and partnership, we aspire to make healthcare in the Dakotas the best in the nation. We have partnered with committed nursing homes, community leaders and healthcare organizations to improve the care in our communities. Better together.