Risk for Opioid Overdose: Identifying At-Risk Patients in Your Practice Hidden in Plain Sight
What is the profile of someone at risk for overdose? The 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommends co-prescribing naloxone for patients at risk for overdose, including patients with a history of overdose or substance use, patients taking benzodiazepines, and patients taking ≥ 50 MMEs of opioids daily. Yet, in a CME Outfitters Risk Evaluation and Mitigations Strategies (REMS) webcast, among 477 MDs, NPs, and PAs, 73% co-prescribed naloxone in patients receiving high dose opioids (≥ 50 MME/day) less than 50% of the time, and 37% never co-prescribed naloxone in these at-risk patients. These webcasts and live Q&A sessions will focus on raising awareness about the risk of overdose among patients with chronic pain and provide actionable strategies to implement in practice to mitigate risk.