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Impact of the Opioid Safety Initiative on Opioid-Related Prescribing in Veterans

Opioids are known to be high-risk medications, and unsafe prescribing practices are common.

An intervention at Veterans Affairs medical centers used an electronic dashboard to provide feedback to clinicians about high-risk opioid prescribing. Local champions implemented the dashboard tool and spearheaded safer opioid prescribing.

Using an interrupted time series analysis, researchers determined the intervention reduced two unsafe prescribing practices: high-dose opioid prescriptions and concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines. The authors suggest that this type of large-scale intervention could be applied in other healthcare systems to enhance opioid safety.

A recent Annual Perspective discussed the extent of harm associated with opioid prescribing and described promising practices to foster safer opioid use. For more info, see Lin et al. (2017). Impact of the opioid safety initiative on opioid-related prescribing in veterans. Pain, 158(5), 833-839.

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