OPIOIDS

Our nation is in the midst of an opioid abuse epidemic. Facing a public health crisis, we are taking action through a combination of technology, education and public policy.

July 05, 2018

Key Technologies for Fighting Opioid Misuse are Gaining Traction

The statistics are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the opioid epidemic now takes more lives in the U.S. than breast cancer. In addition, American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016 due to a dramatic 21 percent rise in the death rate from drug overdoses. Our nation has not experienced a two-year consecutive decline in life expectancy since the early 1960s as a result of an influenza epidemic. Even the worst mortality rate of the AIDS epidemic in 1993 caused American life expectancy to drop for just one year. Read more...

May 01, 2018

Spotlight on Technologies to Help Address the Opioid Crisis

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May 03, 2018

EPCS Legislation Shows Power and Promise

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March 14, 2018

Surescripts Commends Congressional Leadership as EPCS Act Gains Traction in Senate, Following House Bill

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July 02, 2018

Maine Required E-Prescribing for Opioids Last Year—and the Results Are In

This time last year, Maine implemented legislation that requires electronic prescribing for opioids. At the time, Maine ranked 25th in the nation based on prescriber and pharmacist enablement and utilization of the technology, known as E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS). Now the state is ranked third in the nation, with virtually all its pharmacies and more than half of all its prescribers enabled for the technology as of May 2018. New York leads the nation, having implemented a legislative requirement in 2016 that requires all prescriptions to be delivered electronically, including controlled substances. Read more...

June 20, 2018

Surescripts Supports Healthcare Leadership Council’s “Roadmap for Action” to Address Opioid Crisis

Today, Surescripts joined more than 70 healthcare organizations in supporting the Healthcare Leadership Council’s “Roadmap for Action” offering guidance for healthcare professionals, lawmakers and regulators to address the opioid crisis. Read more...

April 03, 2018

Surescripts to the Food and Drug Administration: Tap into Tech to Hinder Opioid Misuse and Diversion

As the nation’s policy makers grapple with how to curb the opioid epidemic, we at Surescripts continue to join the conversation at various forums and offer our assistance and expertise in support of the cause. Read more...

January 24, 2018

Surescripts Supports the AMA’s Work to Reduce Barriers to EPCS

The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest association of physicians and medical students, is working to reduce barriers to the implementation of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), as stated at its 2017 AMA Interim Meeting in Honolulu. Read more...

December 12, 2017

Technology’s Essential Role in Combatting Opioid Addiction

As most of us know from the news coverage or personal experience, our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Opioid overdose caused more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 alone, and kills 91 Americans each day. Read more...

October 26, 2017

Surescripts Responds to Public Health Emergency Declaration for Opioid Epidemic

Surescripts supports the federal declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. This action will provide additional resources and increased urgency to assist in our collective response to the crisis. Read more...

August 15, 2017

Federal Government Responds to Opioid Epidemic

We all know the bad news. More people than ever are dying of opioid overdose, and the latest figures show that opioid addiction rates continue to rise. The good news is that technology exists today to help combat the epidemic. Read more...

June 20, 2017

2016 National Progress Report Points to New Tools to Combat Opioid Abuse

Claiming the lives of 91 Americans each day, America's opioid epidemic is a national public health crisis.[i] State governments are increasingly taking action through a combination of public policy, technology adoption and education initiatives, as evidenced by the surge of mandates across the country. Surescripts 2016 National Progress Report shows that while e-prescribing is one of the most powerful tools available to fight prescription painkiller fraud and abuse, there are many factors at play. Read more...

June 16, 2017

New York Leading the Charge to Prevent Opioid Prescription Fraud and Abuse

If you follow the news, you're aware of the fact that opioid addiction is an American public health crisis that's reached epidemic proportions. In fact, it was recently estimated that drug overdose killed more than 59,000 people last year - the largest annual increase ever, with a significant portion by opioids, which include prescription pain relievers oxycodone, fentanyl and others. Read more...

June 02, 2017

Maine Next in Line to Battle Opioid Abuse with EPCS

Opioid abuse is growing by epidemic proportions and no state is immune to its tragic effects - including Maine. In 2016, overdose deaths in the state increased 40% over the previous year.* The good news: Maine is gearing up to fight the epidemic with Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS). Read more...

April 10, 2017

States Push to Combat Opioid Abuse With E-prescribing Technology

Opioid medications are prescribed to alleviate pain and suffering, but their abuse and misuse is killing more than 33,000 Americans every year. Prescription painkiller abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions and a significant national public health challenge. The good news is, it's one that states are increasingly taking action against with an important weapon: health information technology. Read more...

March 27, 2017

One Doctor’s Rallying Cry: We Need to Adopt E-prescribing to Combat Opioid Abuse

How does one of the industry's leading surgeons and medical educators want to fight the opioid epidemic? With e-prescribing. Specifically, the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). Dr. Atul Gawande, general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School believes EPCS is crucial to reducing opioid abuse. Read more...

March 15, 2017

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Helps Fight Opioid Abuse

If you've followed the news lately, it's no surprise that the opioid epidemic is a serious problem in America today. At this year's HIMSS conference, Surescripts demonstrated how our National Record Locator Service (NRLS) is helping fight it. More than 7,000 conference-goers had the opportunity to see NRLS in action at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase as Surescripts demonstrated the service's ability to identify patients exhibiting potential drug seeking behaviors. Read more...

February 08, 2017

HIMSS17: Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Our nation has been crippled by the devastating opioid addiction epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid drug overdoses played a role in 33,091 deaths in the United States in 2015, and that number is expected to continue to rise. Read more...

August 26, 2016

Using Technology to Fight Opioid Fraud & Abuse—A Big Step in the Right Direction

In 2014, more than 28,000 American lives were cut short by opioid overdose. In fact, opioid overdose quadrupled from 2000 to 2014, and is now the nation's number-one cause of preventable death. But these potent prescription drugs - which include painkillers like morphine and oxycodone - can help to effectively manage chronic pain for millions of people when properly prescribed, administered and monitored. Read more...

May 31, 2016

Surescripts at the ONC Annual Meeting: Combatting the Opioid Abuse with Health IT

Prescription opioid abuse in the United States is skyrocketing. In some cases, patients are "doctor shopping' - or visiting multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions - in order to fly under the radar. In others, providers are simply overprescribing these highly-addictive opioids. And in nearly 9 percent of the cases, patients are resorting to forging or stealing paper prescriptions. Read more...

May 13, 2016

Opioid Epidemic Goes Mainstream: Get the Facts on E-Prescribing & EPCS

CNN recently held an hour-long Town Hall discussion on the opioid epidemic, and with New York's recent enactment of its I-STOP legislation and Maine following closely behind, as well as recent high-profile overdose deaths, this is all positioning the opioid epidemic as a mainstream issue facing our country. Read more...

March 28, 2016

I-STOP Legislation Takes Effect in New York, Spurs Provider eRx and EPCS Adoption

Electronic prescribing is a first line defense for combating rampant prescription fraud and abuse in the nation today. And in New York, both prescribers and pharmacies have embraced its capabilities in order to make a difference in the fight against opioid abuse while ensuring patient safety and privacy, care quality, and process efficiency remain at the forefront. Read more...

February 01, 2016

New York Takes the Lead in EPCS

Today, Surescripts released new data about its Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) solution, and how it's helping New York tackle prescription drug abuse. Read more...

August 28, 2015

With EPCS Legal Nationwide, There is Still Work to Do

Similar to the critical yet complex path to industry interoperability, the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) still has a ways to go before reaching its full potential. However, today Vermont becomes the final state to legalize EPCS for all schedules of controlled drugs. Read more...

March 05, 2015

The Time for EPCS is Here!

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances enables a significantly better experience for both patients and providers when compared to the analog methods of the past. Read more...

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