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MetroHealth Launches New Podcast for Health Systems to Help Reduce Number of Opioids Prescribed

The MetroHealth System this week launched a podcast series designed to help other health systems and caregivers lower the number of opioids they prescribe.

The 10-episode podcast can be found at It was funded through the Care Innovation and Community Improvement Program, a consortium of safety net hospitals that look to improve health outcomes while reducing costs.

“We are excited to share information and lessons learned with our health care colleagues,” said Dr. Joan Papp, Director of MetroHealth’s Office of Opioid Safety. “We think other hospitals can learn from how we lowered the number of painkillers we prescribed by nearly 50 percent over four years. We know Ohio continues to struggle with an opioid epidemic in the midst of a global pandemic.”

OnePath is a toolkit for helping to combat the opioid epidemic as a member of the medical community with empathy, mindfulness, and a big-picture perspective. Hosted by Metrohealth Department of Opioid Safety community educator Libbey Pelaia, OnePath is an immersive, engaging series that shares practical advice, hard data, and personal anecdotes of those working to combat the opioid epidemic on a daily basis, from software developers and policymakers to emergency doctors and clinical psychologists.

Non-opioid pain management is one of several topics covered in the series, along with use of electronic records, medically assisted treatment, community engagement and others.

The series was produced in conjunction with Evergreen Podcasts.

In addition to, the podcast can be heard on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

About The MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit