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Keywords

Addiction, nurse practitioner, opioid, opioid crisis

 

Authors

  1. Snodgrass, Brett MSN, FNP-C, CPE, FAANP (Clinical Coordinator)

Abstract

ABSTRACT: There is prevalent news media coverage about the opioid crisis in the United States. Overdose deaths are on the rise, but who's fault is it really? Perspective into the crisis is key if we as health care providers ever hope to change the current situation. Although overdose deaths are on the rise, opioid prescribing rates are decreasing. Considering a complex issue requires looking into to the lives of patients and their past experiences to truly identify those at risk for addiction, not just opioid addiction, but addiction as a whole. Nurse practitioners play a vital role in identifying those at greatest risk, making the identification early and assisting patients into treatment to help change the trajectory of their lives.