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The Opioid Epidemic's Impact on Public Health and Patient Care

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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Filmed Lectures
The opioid epidemic raging in the U.S., including in Virginia and neighboring states, took nearly two decades to develop and will take years to quell. So says the recent National Academy of Medicine (NAM) report, Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use (July 2017). Drug overdose due to opioid medications is now this country's leading cause of unintentional injury death. The current crisis is particularly challenging because the epidemic's broad reach "has blurred the formerly distinct social boundary between prescribed opioids and illegally manufactured ones, such as heroin," asserts the NAM committee's chair, UVA law professor Richard J. Bonnie. In this Medical Center Hour, Professor Bonnie and palliative care specialist Dr. Leslie Blackhall address the impact of this epidemic on public health and patient care and discuss what actions regulatory bodies, health care organizations, and health care professionals could take. A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, James F.
Bonnie, Richard J.
Blackhall, Leslie J.
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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