Providers Must Act Now to Address
the Prescription Opioid Crisis
Health care providers have an important role — and a responsibility — to help reverse the exponential growth in opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the US by changing their prescribing practices. That’s according to IHI authors Mara Laderman and Lindsay Martin in a new NEJM Catalyst article. They write: “Prominent among multiple causes of the current opioid epidemic is health care providers’ inadvertent contribution to creating it.” While a community-wide approach is also needed to effectively address the opioid crisis, the authors describe some key actions that both providers and organizations can take to begin making a difference.