Overview

The opioid epidemic has gripped the nation and shows no signs of slowing down. While the primary driver of opioid deaths is fentanyl, the opioid epidemic started from an increase in opioid prescriptions in the 1990s. The government and healthcare agencies have a number of proposals and initiatives centered around the 2016 CDC guidelines regarding opioid therapy to decrease the availability of prescription opioids. Despite the national climate regarding opioid use and the concerted push to decrease opioid consumption, many patients continue to push providers for opioid prescriptions to treat chronic pain. There are multiple risk mitigation strategies that can help providers identify non-compliant patients and decrease the risk of harm. Providers are encouraged to wean patients down or off opioids and promote non-opioid pharmacotherapy and multidisciplinary therapies. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the magnitude of the opioid crisis and the role of prescription opioids in this crisis
  • Describe government and healthcare initiatives to decrease opioid prescriptions
  • Discuss risk mitigation strategies regarding opioid prescriptions
  • Identify alternative non-opioid treatments for chronic pain

  


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AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Jakun Ing, MD, MPH

No financial relationships to disclose.

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