What Nurse Practitioners Can Do in the Opioid Crisis
The impetus to address—and combat—the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our country has never been more urgent. Overdose rates have more than quadrupled since 1999, making opioid overdoses now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. For every person who obtains opioids on the streets, there are many more who abuse prescription drugs that are prescribed to them.
Nurse practitioners (NPs), in primary care and in specialties, can help break this cycle.