Journal Article
Review

Prevention of opioid overdose.

Babu KM; Brent J; Juurlink DN.

Reducing patient harm associated with the use of opioids to manage pain is a patient safety priority. This review discusses how to reduce risk of opioid misuse among three groups of patients: opioid-naive patients, patients on long-term opioid therapy, and those with a history of substance abuse. Strategies include disposal recommendations, tapering, and coprescribing of naloxone.