Opioid misuse and abuse is currently one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States. U.S. retail pharmacies dispense 245 million opioid prescriptions each year, and inappropriate prescribing practices and patient susceptibility to tolerance often lead to opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction.
As a result, the U.S. health care system incurs $53.4 billion in annual direct and indirect costs for the non-medical use of prescription opioids.
Download this research report to identify how you can help your hospital or health system approach the opioid epidemic by:
Hardwiring cultural change with regard to opioids
Developing resources for prescribing across the opioid episode
Engaging the community in efforts to reduce opioid use and misuse beyond the hospital
These three imperatives will guide you in your efforts to reduce the impact of inappropriate opioid prescribing and misuse. You'll also find case studies of organizations that successfully implemented these strategies.