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Prevent Opioid Use Disorder

There are a variety of ways to help reduce exposure to opioids and prevent opioid use disorder, such as:

  • Prescription drug monitoring programs
  • State prescription drug laws
  • Formulary management strategies in insurance programs, such as prior authorization, quantity limits, and drug utilization review
  • Academic detailing to educate providers about opioid prescribing guidelines and facilitating conversations with patients about the risks and benefits of pain treatment options
  • Quality improvement programs in health care systems to increase implementation of recommended prescribing practices
  • Patient education on the safe storage and disposal of prescription opioids
  • Improve awareness and share resources about the risks of prescription opioids, and the cost of overdose on patients and families.

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): sometimes referred to as “opioid abuse or dependence” or “opioid addiction,” OUD is a problematic pattern of opioid use that causes significant impairment or distress.

Almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014.
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