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FDA Requires Labeling Change for Opioids
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced that opioid manufacturers will now be required to alter labeling to include information on the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. There were 70,980 reported deaths from overdoses in 2019, an all-time annual high, and a White House analysis this month showed an 11.4% increase in fatalities for the first four months of 2020.
In 2018, HHS provided guidance recommending that clinicians "strongly consider prescribing or co-prescribing naloxone and providing education about its use" for certain patients who are at risk of an opioid overdose.
Adair County Opioid Coalition
Combating the Opioid Crisis Together
In the last decade, opioid misuse and overdose has risen at unprecedented rates and has surpassed traffic fatalities as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The Adair County Opioid Coalition has brought together a diverse range of mental health, substance use disorder, health care professional organizations, and concerned citizens united around common policy goals to reduce opioid overdose deaths. Our partnerships provide a united front against opioid abuse serving the counties of region B in Northeast Missouri.