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Journal Article
Commentary

Addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States: lessons from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Gellad WF, Good CB, Shulkin DJ. JAMA internal medicine. 2017;177:611-612.

Opioid medications are a known safety hazard, and overdoses of opioid medications are considered an epidemic in the United States. This commentary discusses US Veterans Affairs health system initiatives that focus on education, prescription monitoring, pain management, and use of guidelines to reduce risks associated with opioids.