Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

Thousands of Americans live with chronic pain. Healthcare professionals must take steps to implement a multi-modal approach to pain care and see the whole patient, rather than just individual symptoms. They also must learn communication skills like teach back and shared decision making to prevent adverse drug events.

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an immersive, interactive training tool that was designed using the opioid-related recommendations outlined in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). The training uses the principles of health literacy and a multimodal, team-based approach to promote the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.


  • Shot in HD

  • Hospital / Pharmacy Locations


  • Mobile Responsive

  • Fully 508-Compliant

  • Deployed to the HHS Website

Playable Characters

Katrina Lee


Rhonda Clark


Dr. Martin Bright

Primary Care Physician

James Parker


Approaching a complex topic from all the failure points

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use takes a comprehensive look at safe opioid use and pain management by offering four full character modules including a physician, nurse, pharmacist, and a patient living with chronic pain. The lives of these characters are intricately woven together in a short preview film called a "spine" where users see worst case scenarios play out, and then are challenged to go back in time and make better choices for each of the characters.


Pathways to Safer Opioid Use was created for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. We've developed multiple programs with HHS in support of public health initiatives, including Partnering to Heal, a program that addresses the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and the serious consequences they have on thousands of lives every year.


Let the numbers do the talking

> 9 0 %

Participant Satisfaction

3 1 %

Knowledge Improvement
in Pre-/Post-Test Results


Notable Success

Pathways for Safer Opioid Use won the Communicator Gold Award of Excellence in Film and Video for Health And Wellness and the Telly Bronze Award for Online Video for Health and Fitness.


Proven Effective

Pathways has undergone multiple studies proving its effectiveness.


This is such a great activity, and even gets me thinking about my interactions involving other patient issues, not just use of opioids. I will definitely utilize this in training our home care staff!

— Student,
CDC Train


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