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Addressing the Opioid Misuse Epidemic is a CMS & VCSQI Priority!

Ninety-one Americans die every day from opioid misuse.  That is more than heroin and cocaine combined.  It is estimated that over 1.9 million Americans are addicted to opioids.  When you consider that more than 62,000 opioid abusers died last year, and that is more than the number of deaths in the Vietnam conflict, we have to take steps to address this crisis.

VCSQI recently produced a webinar with guest speakers Dr. Jared Skillings from the American Psychological Association and Dr. Robert Bales, Family Medicine Cleveland Clinic and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, providing an overview of the crisis, current trends, general considerations when prescribing opioids, and non-pharmacological pain management techniques. Pledge today to help address the opioid misuse epidemic!

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