Multiplying the Impact of Opioid Settlement Funds by Investing in Primary Prevention

Published in: Journal of Hospital Medicine, Volume 15, No. 10, pages 625–627 (October 2020). doi: 10.12788/jhm.3455

by Laura J. Faherty, Scott E. Hadland, Bradley D. Stein, Stephen W. Patrick

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In this Perspective, we describe the following three strategies hospitals can use to multiply the reach of their opioid settlement funding by addressing root causes of opioid use through primary prevention: (1) supporting economic opportunities in their communities, (2) expanding affordable housing options in surrounding neighborhoods, and (3) building capacity in ambulatory practices and pharmacies to prevent opioid use disorders.

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