Resources to Help Health Care Providers Prevent Opioid Analgesic Misuse and Overdose
- The rate of opioid analgesic overdose deaths among New Yorkers increased by 65% between 2005 and 2011.
- More than one overdose death involving an opioid analgesic occurred every other day on average in New York City (NYC) in 2011.
Health care providers can play a central role in reversing the epidemic of opioid analgesic misuse and overdose deaths. Because of this, the Health Department is conducting door-to-door outreach to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on the safe and judicious prescribing of opioid analgesics. The outreach campaign targets Staten Island because its rate of opioid analgesic overdose death in 2011 was higher than all other boroughs. An Opioid Analgesic Action Kit that contains useful provider and patient resources is being distributed through the outreach campaign and is available electronically below. We hope you will use the kit to help decrease opioid analgesic misuse and its health consequences among your patients.