The STOP Measure: Safe and Transparent Opioid Prescribing to Promote Patient Safety and Reduced Risk of Opioid Misuse
February 1, 2018
Opioid misuse and addiction is an urgent public health crisis in America. As leading researchers have noted, the number of prescriptions for opioids (e.g., hydrocodone and oxycodone products such as Vicodin and Percocet, respectively) have escalated from approximately 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013. The United States is the biggest consumer, accounting for almost 100 percent of the world total for hydrocodone and 81 percent of oxycodone use, as a result, approximately 142 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.3 The impact is broad, affecting individuals and families, social services, the health care system, communities, and the economy.