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Ending the Opioid Epidemic: New Patient Education Tool and Other Resources for Hospitals

Published: by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Topic: Adverse Drug Event (ADE), Health Care Disparities | Resource type: Journal Article, Newspaper/Magazine Article

Every day, hospitals see the devastating effects of the U.S. opioid epidemic. While prescription opioids can be a safe and necessary part of pain management, these drugs also carry serious risks of harm because of the potential for addiction, misuse, overdose and death.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)statistics indicate that more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids in 2014. More than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments each day for misusing prescription opioids, according to government sources.

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