Evaluation Plan of the HHS Opioid Initiative

Prepared for
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is leading a major cross-agency initiative focused on reducing the level of prescription opioid diversion, abuse, addiction, and overdose in our country. We have been commissioned to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan for this initiative and helping to build the evidence base in the following priority areas:

  • Modifying prescribing practices to reduce opioid overdoses and addiction
  • Expanding access to naloxone to prevent opioid-related deaths
  • Increasing access to effective prescriber training and education
  • Promoting the use of medication-assisted treatment in primary care settings to reduce opioid use and the risk of overdose
Mathematica’s work is helping policymakers identify progress toward achieving better long-term outcomes at both the state and national levels.