Background: The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2012 alone there were approximately 259 million prescriptions written by primary care providers for opioids painkillers. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) now has new guidelines and recommendation due to the opioid analgesic epidemic. Education has been found to raise provider awareness and, subsequently, has decreased opioid use. Provider education helps with reinforcing the short-term use of opioids and adjunctive therapies and helps reinforce the idea of an individualized treatment plan for patients. Purpose: The purpose of this intervention is to increase provider education on opioid therapy prescribing guidelines. Intervention: Add provider education on the prescribing of opioids therapy guidelines. Results: There was an increase of 85% in provider knowledge and 33% decrease in opioid use. Conclusion: In conclusion adding provider education on opioid therapy guidelines helped to increase provider knowledge and decrease opioid use. Improving opioids prescribing through provider education on national chronic opioid therapy clinical practice guidelines ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.

Date of publication

Spring 4-25-2019

Document Type

DNP Scholarly Project



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Committee members

Sandra Petersen, Steven Foltz, Cheryl Parker, Marcie Lusk,


Doctor of Nursing Practice