Opioid overdose deaths could reach 81,700 a year by 2025, and 700,400 over a decade, largely due to illicit opioids, according to a study published today in JAMA Network Open. “Most important, we found that even substantial decreases in the incidence of prescription opioid misuse — that could be achieved, in theory, by highly successful prevention of prescription opioid misuse — would result only in a modest decrease of 3.8 percent to 5.3 percent in opioid-related overdose deaths during 2016 to 2025,” the authors said, highlighting the need to use multiple policy levers.
 

Related News Articles

Headline
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released an updated tool for viewing and comparing opioid prescribing rates over time and across regions.
Headline
The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic last week held a webinar on the work it will undertake over the…
Headline
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today convened a hearing on “Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis”…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare…
Insights and Analysis
Also in this weekly roundup of health care news: Providence St. Joseph Health launches population health company; Aetna, others try new approach to educate…