Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
3.9 emergency department visits for harms from nonmedical use of prescription opioids per 10,000 population (2016-17)

Target:
3.5 per 10,000

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

Baseline:
3.9 emergency department visits for harms from nonmedical use of prescription opioids per 10,000 population occurred in 2016-17

Reduce emergency department visits for harms from nonmedical use of prescription opioids

Target-Setting Method
Maintain consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, or laws

Summary

Many medication-related emergency department visits involve nonmedical use of prescription opioids. Prescribing the lowest possible dose of opioids and treating pain with non-opioid medications can help reduce nonmedical use of prescription opioids. In addition, increasing treatment of opioid use disorder and making naloxone more widely available to treat acute overdoses can help reduce emergency department visits for nonmedical use of prescription opioids.