Opioid Use Disorder Community Response

Cornerstone Whole Healthcare Organization (C-WHO) aims to enhance prevention, treatment and management of opioid use disorders (OUDs). We strive to increase access to care and prevention resources, improve patient knowledge of the dangers of opioid use following surgeries, and enhancing provider confidence in using non-opioid surgical options and managing and treating OUD patients.


Opioid Use Disorder Facts

  • The USA is less than 5% of the world’s population but consumes almost 90% of the world’s opioids

  • Annually over 670,000 patients will develop Opioid Use Disorder or addiction from a prescription following a surgery

  • Nearly 80% of heroin users reported misusing prescription opioids prior to heroin


Our Strategic Objective

We strive to:

  • Enhance prevention, treatment, and management of OUDs

  • Increase local resources for OUD management

  • Provide patient and physician education

  • Reduce opioid related overdoses, support harm reduction strategies


Current Projects


The Idaho Rural Opioid Prevention and Pharmacy Education Stewardship Project is supported with generous funding from HRSA. I-ROPPES will create better systems of care for individuals with opioid use disorder and their families by linking primary care, law enforcement, community resources, and other services in rural areas across Idaho. It creates a net and does not rely on a single solution to fight the opioid epidemic.


The Arkansas Rural Opioid Use Team and Treatment  is generously funded by HRSA. This project is tackling the significant burden of opioid use disorder in rural Arkansas. The project aims to improve prevention, treatment, and management skills related to OUD for primary care teams as a means of increasing the capacity of the system to better manage current patients and prevent the condition in others.


Rural Emergent Alternative Surgical Opioid Non-Use, funded by HRSA, provides expert-guided education focused on opioid-sparing analgesia guidelines to health care providers, patients, and families to mitigate surgically-gated opioid use disorder at one-year follow-up. A standard of care will be developed for providers, patients, and parents/legal guardians to communicate with surgeons and anesthesiologists on how to request non-opioid surgical options.


Project Outcomes

  • Trained physicians, medical staff, behavioral health providers, law enforcement, emergency medical services in inclusive language for OUD treatment

  • Enhanced substance use programs in over 60 clinics

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