Prescription opioid pain relievers are essential to improving the quality of life for millions of Americans living with acute or chronic pain. Unfortunately, misuse, diversion, addiction and overdose of these drugs has created a serious public health epidemic in the United States. Since 1999 more than 760,000 people have died from an opioid overdose (107,622 overdose deaths in 2021). Opioids, primarily prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl, are the primary drugs associated with these deaths.
This public health crisis touches ALL regions of the country, socioeconomic groups, and ethnicities. The federal government and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have intensified efforts to ensure safer prescribing of opioids. CO*RE provides continuing education to healthcare professionals for safe opioid prescribing in alignment with the FDA’s mission, following the FDA Blueprint (September, 2018).
Citation: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6450a3.htm?s_cid=mm6450a3_w and http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html