Addressing Opioid Misuse
Addressing Opioid Misuse Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Prescribing of opioid analgesics has increased substantially in recent years, as have the consequences associated with opioid misuse: emergency department (ED) visits, treatment admissions, and overdose-related fatalities. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, unintended deaths caused by prescription opioid overdoses are a leading cause of death by injury in the United States. Health care organizations, community-based agencies, and other stakeholders are implementing innovative policies and strategies to address this major health problem.
The featured Innovations describe three programs aimed at reducing opioid misuse and associated health and safety consequences. The initiatives include a mayoral task force in New York City that developed a series of strategies to combat the problem, an ED that implemented a protocol on the use of controlled substances, and an opioid overdose prevention and education program for potential responders.
The featured QualityTools include a manual on the development of overdose prevention programs, a protocol to help clinicians make treatment decisions for patients who may be abusing opioids, and a guide that supports implementation of overdose prevention and response strategies by potential responders.
- State Health Department and Community Agencies Save Lives by Teaching Potential Bystanders To Recognize and Respond to Opioid-Related Overdoses
- Cross-Agency Mayoral Task Force Promotes Policies and Initiatives To Reduce Prescription Opioid Misuse and Related Problems, Achieves Some Early Successes
- Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinicians Use Protocol To Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Patients Suspected of Abusing Controlled Substances