Your top resources for combatting the opioid epidemic

The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis in part stemming from the abuse of prescription opioids. In the past fifteen years, the number of drug overdoses in the U.S. has nearly tripled, resulting in 52,404 deaths in 2015 alone. Over 63% of these drug overdoses were from opioids (Source: CDC MMWR).

Hospitals across the country stand on the front line against the epidemic, treating both emergency overdoses and addiction-related conditions. The national rate of opioid-related inpatient stays rose 64.1% between 2005 and 2014, while the rate of ED visits due to opioids increased 99.4% (Source: AHRQ).

The opioid epidemic is a complex public health problem. Solutions to curb the rising opioid addiction levels will require interventions from a team of providers, prescription prescribers, EMTs, communities, and local and federal governments.

To help advance your efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, our experts have compiled our leading resources on how hospitals and health systems can play an active role in treating opioid addiction and preventing further increase in opioid abuse.

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