Opioid Stewardship

In North Carolina four people die each day from an overdose of opioid related drugs. Unfortunately, while these medications are prescribed with the intent to help alleviate pain, they frequently create more pain. The opioid crisis comes from an excess of opioids in the population. As a result, 73% of teens say it is easy to access prescription drugs from their parent's medicine cabinet. In response to this crisis the UNC Medical Center established the UNC Opioid Stewardship Steering Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to help reduce opioid abuse and diversion in North Carolina.

UNC Opioid Stewardship Committee aims to:

  • Increase access to safe and convenient disposal of opioids
  • Provide patient education for prescription opioids, pain expectations, and disposal and storage of opioid medications
  • Educate providers on opioid prescribing, storage and security of opioid medications
  • Develop and implement a data-driven Standard Opioid Prescribing Schedule (SOPS) based upon the surgical procedure and actual patient usage
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Americans died every day in 2016 from prescription opioid-related overdose


Percentage of opioid prescriptions are unused by the patient


Percentage of opioid misusers get their drugs for free from family and friends


Opioid prescriptions were dispensed in 2016

About Us

Physician Leads

Brooke A. Chidgey, MD (Anesthesiology)
Lauren Schiff, MD (Gynecology)
Matthew Nielsen, MD (Urology)

Pharmacy Lead

Kayla Waldron, PharmD

Project Management Lead

Constanza Bacon, MBA

Data Analyst Lead

Nathan Woody, CSSBB

Communication Lead

Tom Maltais, MHA

Executive Sponsor

Janet Hadar, BSN, MSN, MBA


North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Carolina Poison Center


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


MedSafe Disposal Locations

Throw away unused medicine at one of four free take-back sites at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. You can also download a flier and poster to promote the location of our MedSafe box locations.