10 Opioid Epidemic Updates

April 28, 2017
Leo Robert
Leo Robert

A second opioid Rx doubles the risk of opioid use at 1 year. This short slide show highlights more findings from studies into epidemic opioid misuse and abuse.

Opioid abuse is a serious and rapidly expanding public health issue, and the opioid epidemic continues to take lives. Click on the slides above for the latest insights and developments. Sources1. Death by Overdosehttps://www.cdc.gov/features/fighting-opioid-overdose/index.html2. High Morbidity and Mortalityhttp://insights.ovid.com/crossref?an=01271255-900000000-995583. Opioid Deaths Underestimatedhttps://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/cdc-24-7/eis-conference/pdf/Infectious-disease-complicates-opioid-overdose-deaths.pdf4. Increased Odds for Chronic Opioid Usehttps://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6610a1.htm5. Opioid Complications After Surgeryhttp://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/article-abstract/26183836. Overuse Driven by Physician Prescribers?http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa16105247. Risk Index Supports Decision-makinghttps://academic.oup.com/painmedicine/article/3062389/Validation-of-a-Screening-Risk-Index-for-Serious8. Drug Monitoring Mandates Reduce Opioid Rxshttp://content.healthaffairs.org/content/36/4/7339. Opioids Stored Unsafely in Homes with Kidshttp://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/02/16/peds.2016-216110. Three Steps to Safetyhttps://wire.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/3-steps-physicians-boost-safe-storage-disposal-opioids