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Journal Article

Prevention of opioid overdose.

Babu KM, Brent J, Juurlink DN. The New England journal of medicine. 2019;380:2246-2255.

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.