INFORMATION FOR PROVIDERS
In 2013 there were 16,235 deaths from opioid analgesics; a four-fold increase from 1999. This increase is influenced by over-prescribing, patient non-adherence, unanticipated co-morbidities, and drug-drug interactions. Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and program administrators can make an impact in decreasing opioid overdose and abuse rates in their communities.
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Page material adapted from the following sources:
Webster, L. R. MD. (2013). Eight Principles for Safer Opioid Prescribing. Pain Medicine2013;14(7):959-61. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pme.12194/abstract
See also Dr. Webster’s Presentation for Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies. Retrieved from http://pcss-o.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/AAPM-PPT-Slides-3.12.15.pdf