Few can argue that the recent trends in opioid abuse, addiction and overdoses are not troubling. The use of both prescription and illegally manufactured opioids has seen a drastic increase in the number of EMS calls, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and mortality nationwide. Clearly the United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis, with deaths from opioid overdose more than quadrupling from 8,050 in 1999 to 33,091 in 2015.
Efforts to curb the epidemic are occurring on several fronts—from ER physicians to community resources to federal policy initiatives. But the most striking examples of the epidemic are witnessed on the front lines, where EMS crews and rapid-response teams in the street are responding to overdose calls, and community paramedicine programs are connecting addicts with the help they need before it’s too late.
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