Addressing Opioid Abuse with Analytics

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Can Data Help in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Now considered to be among the deadliest population health crises in America, opioid use has become an epidemic. Opioid-related
overdoses take an average of 44 lives every day. This trend is fueled largely by a precipitous rise in legal prescriptions for highly addictive painkillers. This has resulted in the number of deaths from prescription opioid misuse quadrupling since 1999. Health officials are now desperately searching for ways to prevent prescription misuse, treat substance abuse disorders, and educate patients – and prescribers – about how to properly use this
powerful class of drugs.

Ultimately, health care providers are the front-line defense against prescription drug diversion.

Using data is one way to minimize the amount of opioids flowing into the system, and reduces the risk to patients to become dependent.