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CDC stepping in to prevent opioid overdoses

Case Management Insider, September 22, 2015

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking to help stem the tide of national opioid overdoses—which have quadrupled since 1999— by providing money for prevention programs in 16 states. The program, Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States, aims to provide funding to help improve prevention and monitoring.

“The prescription drug overdose epidemic is tragic and costly, but can be reversed,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “Because we can protect people from becoming addicted to opioids, we must take fast action now, with real-time tracking programs, safer prescribing practices, and rapid response. Reversing this epidemic will require programs in all 50 states.”

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