MAPS Include Suboxone as Opioid? Year Quarter: 2016 Q3 2016 Q2 2016 Q1 2015 Q4 2015 Q3 2015 Q2 2015 Q1 2014 Q4 2014 Q3 2014 Q2 2014 Q1 2013 Q4 2013 Q3 2013 Q2 2013 Q1 2012 Q4 2012 Q3 2012 Q2 2012 Q1 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q2 2011 Q1 2010 Q4 2010 Q3 2010 Q2 2010 Q1 What is Morphine Equivalent Dose (MED)? × Morphine Equivalent Dose (MED) A morphine equivalent dose (MED) is the amount of opioid prescription drugs, converted to a common unit (milligrams of morphine), that a patient currently has access to based on the information reported by prescribers and pharmacies to OARRS. Morphine is widely regarded as the “standard” for the treatment of moderate to severe pain and is commonly used as the reference point. As MED increases, the likelihood of an adverse effect increases, therefore identifying at-risk patients is a crucial first step towards improving patient safety. OARRS utilizes conversion factors created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.