Confronting the opioid epidemic

Prescription opioid use and deaths from overdose or opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) have increased dramatically in the United States. Annual prescription opioid-related fatalities more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2014 and remain a public health crisis.

Several instruments have been developed to assess the risk of opioid abuse and addiction. However, none of them provides useful, real-time, evidence-based information to a healthcare professional regarding the risk of life-threatening overdose in medical users of prescription opioids. Our research builds upon our previous work using U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) data, as well as data from a national commercial health plan claims database, to develop a risk index to predict a patient's likelihood of experiencing an OIRD event.

Venebio Opioid Advisor is one of a suite of patent-pending, real-time, point-of- care healthcare algorithm developed by Venebio to improve the treatment of common chronic health conditions.


U.S. Opioid Overdose Facts

  • Prescription opioid-related deaths more than quadrupled since 1999 to 18,893 in 2014
  • Approximately 80% of these fatalities are considered unintentional
  • More than 250 Million opioid prescriptions are written annually – more than one for every U.S. adult
  • 46 people die every day from a prescription opioid overdose
  • Within any given year during the past five, 15% of the U.S. population filed at least one opioid prescription

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