Among Out-Patients, drug overdose related deaths have more than doubled since 1999. And in 2011, 30% of Emergency Department overdoses were related to Opioid Analgesics.
Hospital In-Patients who suffer Opioid Related Adverse Events (ORAE) have 55% Longer Hospital Stays, 47% Higher Hospitalization Costs, 36% Higher Risk for 30-Day Hospital Readmission, and 3.4 times Higher Risk for Mortality.
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The Patient Safety Advisory Group. The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert – Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals. The Joint Commission , Issue 49, August 8, 2012.