Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from the National Safety Council that shows just 13 states and Washington, D.C., have implemented comprehensive, proven actions to eliminate opioid overdoses and help protect their residents.
The Council has been releasing its Prescription Nation reports for the past 5 years to provide a roadmap for saving lives across the country. The NSC identified six key actions that could have immediate and sustained impact addressing the opioid epidemic, including mandating prescriber education; implementing opioid prescribing guidelines; integrating Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs into clinical settings; improving data collection and sharing; treating opioid overdose; and increasing availability of opioid use disorder treatment. 13 states received the highest mark of “Improving” and eight states received “Failing” grades, and are taking just one or two of the six key actions identified in the report as critical and life-saving.
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