Opioid Abuse Hasn’t Just Persisted—It’s Gotten Worse
In 2019, 137 people died every day in the United States from opioid overdose.1 Our nation is suffering from a public health crisis, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19, and prescribers can be part of the solution.
Since the first reported case of COVID-19 in the United States in January 2020, suspected overdoses increased 20% over the following 3-month period compared with the year before.2 During the pandemic, more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality.3
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Between 21% and 29%
of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them4