In response to the epidemic of Opiate overdoses in our community, the Lynn Community Health Center has developed formal, evidence-based prescribing guidelines in order to address the need for proper and safe management of chronic pain. It is our policy to assist patients in safely reducing the level of potentially harmful medications to help reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths in the city of Lynn.
Some important facts for everyone to know:
- Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 25-44
- Prescription opioids caused more deaths than heroin and other drugs combined
- Nearly two million Americans, aged 12 or older, either abused or were dependent on opioids in 2013
- Deaths from prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999
- As the sale of prescription opioids increases, so does the number of overdose deaths
- In the United States, prescription opioid abuse costs were about $55.7 billion in 2007. Of this amount, 46% was attributable to workplace costs (e.g., lost productivity), 45% to healthcare costs (e.g., abuse treatment), and 9% to criminal justice costs.
- Here at Lynn Community Health Center, we are working hard to reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths
- We have developed formal, evidence-based guidelines to help providers prescribe appropriately and safely
- We are addressing the need for proper and safe management of chronic pain
If you have chronic pain or questions about our pain management guidelines please contact your primary care team.
*Numbers and statistics are from the Centers for Disease Control