• By Jen O'Hara

Mayo Clinic Radio: The opioid epidemic in America

September 7, 2017

Opioid tablets lying on a prescription formAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people receiving an opioid prescription and the number of deaths from overdose has nearly quadrupled over the past 15 years. Opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 — the latest year of data from the CDC.

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Michael Hooten, an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss the opioid epidemic in America. Also on the program, Dr. Steve Peters, chief medical information officer, Mayo Clinic, will explain the Plummer Project — Mayo Clinic's institutional move to a single, integrated electronic health record and billing system. And Dr. Douglas Wood, medical director, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, will preview the upcoming Transform 2017 conference.

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