Heroin Overdose Hospitalization Risk due to Prescription Opioids using PDMP in WI.

Description: 

Nationally and in Wisconsin, heroin is the leading cause of opioid related death and hospitalization. Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. In 2015, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids. Approximately, three out of four heroin users report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin. In Wisconsin from 2010 to 2014 the number of deaths involving any opioid increased by 51% and for heroin increased by 192%. Through the federal government funding and support Wisconsin has established a statewide tool to help combat the ongoing prescription drug abuse epidemic by providing valuable information about controlled substance prescriptions that are dispensed in the state. PDMP is continue to be among the most promising state-level interventions to improve opioid prescribing, inform clinical practice, and protect patients at risk.

Objective:

Using the Wisconsin Enhanced Opioid Surveillance System, the present study evaluates the heroin hospitalization risk among the opioid recipients using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Data (PDMP) with following specific objectives: 1. Evaluate the risk of heroin overdose hospitalization following the prescription of opioid. 2. Assess the time elapsed between last prescribed opioid and first heroin overdose hospitalization. 3. Identify the main predictors of heroin overdose hospitalization among prescribed opioid users.

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Original Publication Year: 
2018
Event/Publication Date: 
January, 2018

January 21, 2018

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