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Confronting the Opioid Epidemic

    Opioid abuse and addiction have swept across the country flooding hospital and health system emergency departments and inpatient beds with those suffering from addiction and the effects of overdose. Patients, communities, and provider organizations are experiencing the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic on a daily basis.

    Meanwhile, hospital and health system executives have been inundated with headline news related to the opioid crisis. This extensive coverage, while critical for providing context on the situation, can often leave hospital and health system executives feeling overwhelmed and unsure of the best path forward in addressing this mission-critical issue.

    This research report provides executives with a framework for crafting a comprehensive and proactive opioid response strategy. The report begins by unpacking the implications of the opioid epidemic on hospitals and health systems specifically. Next, it gives leaders clear guidance on mobilizing an effective approach to addiction prevention, effective pain management, and addiction treatment.

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