Webinar – Opioid Addiction: Overview and Testing Options

Worldwide opioid addiction has increased dramatically in the last decade, with the greatest increase documented in the United States. A primary factor driving this growth has been the use of prescription opioids for chronic pain in outpatient care. Recreational use of heroin also continues to contribute to opioid addiction. Education and awareness are the first steps in addressing this public-health crisis.

Fentanyl infographic

Data is revealing a troubling national trend in drug abuse.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes fentanyl as a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.1 The potency of fentanyl and the alarming increase of misuse and abuse poses an overdose danger, often unintentional.

Opioid abuse and overdoses were already a critical nationwide crisis before the pandemic. Crucial resources and support systems for this highly vulnerable population are now facing service limitations and interrupted operations. Every minute counts when diagnosing and treating overdoses, and that has never been truer than now.

Factors for a high-risk environment

  • Social Isolation
  • Limited Access to Services
  • Changing Drug Supply Chains