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

Posted on on March 17, 2021

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

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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