For Hospitals, A Blueprint For Fighting The Opioid Epidemic | Health Affairs

Hospitals are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Nearly 500,000 people with an opioid use disorder (OUD) are discharged from the hospital each year. Rates of opioid-related emergency department visits and inpatient stays have risen dramatically, as have rates of serious infections such as endocarditis and hepatitis C stemming from opioid use. Total hospital costs related to opioid…

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