The gravity of this population health issue will be addressed in a much deeper conversation on GHDonline.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control “More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. According to the New England Journal of Medicine article ( attached below) "The use of prescription opioid medications has increased greatly in the United States during the past two decades; in 2010, there were 16,651 opioid-related deaths" Efforts to curb the opioid crisis have become heightened with the following practices
• Affecting prescribing practices
• Use of MAT. This is a proven, effective treatment for individuals with an opioid use disorder. MAT has been shown to increase treatment retention, and to reduce opioid use, risk behaviors that transmit HIV and hepatitis C virus, recidivism, and mortality
• Distribution of Naloxone
According the NEJM article “The diversion and abuse of prescription opioid medications increased between 2002 and 2010 and plateaued or decreased between 2011 and 2013. These findings suggest that the United States may be making progress in controlling the abuse of opioid analgesics.
What community based efforts has the community found to help address this opportunity?
Link leads to: http://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/Factsheet-opioids-061516.pdf
Link leads to: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1406143#t=abstract