The opioid epidemic in the United States continues to be responsible for significant rates of morbidity and mortality, with nearly 92,000 Americans dying from drug overdose in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic, increased prevalence of fentanyl, and poor access to evidence-based treatment contributed to an almost 30% increase in deaths as compared with the previous year.
In ODG’s latest white paper, MCG Health Editor MD, Meghan Tierney, and Associate Vice President and Managing Editor, Stacey Popko, MD, MBA, discuss the following areas related to this topic:
- Historical info on the background of the opioid crisis
- CDC guidance on opioid prescribing
- Best practices for the prevention of overdoses
- Potential alternatives to opioid prescribing