The toll of opioid misuse
Almost 450,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid between
1999–2018, including prescription and illicit opioids. The U.S. opioid
overdose epidemic is a major public health crisis, and health systems across
the country are trying to develop new approaches, technologies and tools to
combat this situation. Apart from the significant toll on patients and their
loved ones, hospitals also struggle with readmission rates and excess length of stay
associated with opioid-related hospitalizations.