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Naloxone prescriptions from the emergency department: An initiative in evolution

  • Miranda Verdier
    Affiliations
    Department of Pharmacy, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, 1901 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612, United States
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  • Joanne C. Routsolias
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author at: Department of Emergency Medicine and Pharmacy, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, 1901 West Harrison Street LL 170, Chicago, IL 60612, United States.
    Affiliations
    Department of Pharmacy, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, 1901 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612, United States

    Department of Emergency Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, 1901 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612, United States
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  • Steven E. Aks
    Affiliations
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System, 1901 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612, United States

    The Toxikon Consortium, 1900 W Polk St., 10th Floor, Administration Building, Chicago, IL 60612, United States
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      It is well known that the United States is currently in the midst of an Opioid Epidemic. Drug overdose has become a leading cause of death in the United States [
      • Rudd R.A.
      • Seth P.
      • David F.
      • Scholl L.
      Increases in drug and opioid-involved overdose deaths — United States, 2010–2015.
      ]. To help address the epidemic, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has made expanded use and distribution of naloxone one of their priority areas to combat opioid abuse [
      • US Department of Health and Human Services
      Actions to address opioid-drug-related overdoses and deaths.
      ]. Specialty societies have also endorsed the expansion of naloxone education and distribution [
      • Doyon S.
      • Aks S.E.
      • Schaeffer S.
      Expanding access to naloxone in the United States.
      ].

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