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The Effects of the Opioid Crisis


As you may have learned from the news, there is an opioid crisis in America. Every day, more than 115 people in the U.S. die after overdosing on opioids. Opioids include prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, Fentanyl, and many others.  Opioids also include heroin and other synthetic drugs.  When used correctly under a physician’s direction, the medications can be helpful.  Misusing prescription opioids puts the person at risk of dependence and addiction.

Many local communities and states have taken steps to address opioid misuse and recent federal action and attention to this issue has provided enhanced access to resources, research, and funding to respond to the opioid crisis. However, the impact of the opioid epidemic in long-term care facilities hasn’t received as much media attention and isn’t as clearly defined as the crisis in communities, health care centers, treatment centers, and hospitals. Below are resources related to the opioid crisis.

The Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Long-Term Care Residents - Points of Advocacy
Opioid misuse and abuse has become a national epidemic. Yet opioid use in long-term care settings hasn't gotten the same attention as in other settings. To gain more information about the impact of this epidemic on long-term care facility residents, Consumer Voice obtained feedback from residents and ombudsmen through in-person discussions and online questionnaires about the resident experience. This webinar presents the findings and information gathered, and shares select strategies and recommendations for effective advocacy in addressing resident issues related to opioid use and misuse. View the recording and PowerPoint slides.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) Resources

What I Should Know About Opioid Pain Medicine (English, Spanish)

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Additional Resources

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA)

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