Resources to Help Health Care Providers Prevent Opioid Analgesic Misuse and Overdose
- From 2000 to 2013, rates of overdose death from opioid analgesics increased 256% in New York City.
- More than one overdose death involving an opioid analgesic occurred every other day on average in New York City (NYC) in 2013.
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 on safe and judicious opioid prescribing to Bronx physicians during May-June 2015. The outreach campaign focuses on the Bronx because Bronx residents have the second highest rate of opioid analgesic death among all NYC 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.