Every day, hospitals and health systems see the effects of the nation’s opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 people died from an opioid-related overdose in 2015. That’s more than 90 people a day or approximately four people each hour. There are also financial implications due to increased health care and substance use disorder treatment costs, lost productivity and costs to the criminal justice system, estimated to be $78.5 billion in 2016. Across the U.S., hospitals and health systems are working to address this public health crisis.
IHA has developed an opioid overdose dashboard to show trends by volume, gender and age.
Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic, AHA Toolkit
Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Initiatives
Premier Safety Institute: Opioids in Hospital Settings