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Pharm Report Issue No. 9

A newsletter to update clinic staff on current issues in healthcare

Issue IX

Opioid Safety

Opioids, even those available as a prescription can be dangerous. The CDC reported that between 1999 and 2019, more than 564,000 people died from an overdose. Wisconsin has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis. In Wisconsin, annual opioid overdose deaths outnumber annual motor vehicle deaths. The annual number of opioid overdose deaths have been increasing and there were more than 11 times as many opioid deaths in 2020 as there were in 2000. There were 3 times as many opioid-related emergency room visits in 2020 as there were in 2007.

Healthcare providers and pharmacies can work together to help reduce the risk opioids pose to our patients. Some risk mitigation strategies include:

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