Laderman M, Martin L. Health care providers must act now to address the prescription opioid crisis. NEJM Catalyst. April 19, 2017.
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. 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.