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Opioid use may contribute to pneumonia, infections in hospitals

Besides the growing opioid crisis in the nation, there’s another reason why hospitals should avoid prescribing these powerful drugs to patients if possible. They could increase a patient’s chances of developing one deadly illness the feds are monitoring closely: pneumonia. 

Respiratory depression: Another reason for hospitals to control opioid use

Hospitals have been called upon to reduce their opioid use with patients for several reasons. While controlling the opioid addiction epidemic has been getting the most attention, there are other reasons why facilities should be more careful with prescribing opioids – especially since their use could put patients’ lives in danger during a hospital stay. 

One state’s planning to reduce opioid use after surgery

Hospitals across the country must do what they can to stop the epidemic of opioid abuse in patients – especially since many people start abusing them after surgery. Some hospitals are combining their efforts with more population-focused programs so they can turn the tide of abuse and addiction. 

6 keys for hospitals to fight opioid abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals treat over 1,000 patients in the emergency department every day because they’ve misused prescription drugs. And more than 14,000 people die from overdosing on prescription opioids each year. Because of the growing problem of opioid addiction, hospitals are being called upon to do what […] [MORE]

Stopping opioid abuse: Hospital uses alternatives to manage pain in ED

Opioid abuse is a serious problem in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is calling on hospitals and other healthcare providers to play a bigger role in reducing opioid addiction. 

Major pharmacy cuts off access to opioids for high-risk prescribers

Abuse of opioid prescription painkillers is the No. 2 cause of accidental death in the US.  And the problem is only getting worse. In 1999, the number of deaths due to overdose in the U.S. was 4,000. In 2010, it skyrocketed to 16,600. But one pharmacy is cracking down on doctors that overprescribe opioids and […] [MORE]