Knowledge Expansion

Follow the opioids: How the U.S. got into the crisis and how physicians and tech are beginning to undo the damage

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Risk & Compliance

Patient Engagement

Population Health

In 2017, 72,000 people died of a drug overdose in the United States, or about one every 10 minutes.1 In the time it might take you to read this article, another person will die from a drug overdose in the United States.

Of those tens of thousands of deaths, nearly two-thirds involved prescription drugs — not meth, or cocaine or fentanyl, but substances found in medicine cabinets across the nation: hydrocodone, Percocet and the like.

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Chris Harrop
Chris Harrop
Senior Editorial Manager MGMA

Chris Harrop is senior editorial manager for Medical Group Management Association. In this role, he serves as editor of MGMA's flagship print publication, MGMA Connection magazine, and oversees the publications team that produces the MGMA Member newsletter, Executive View, Student newsletter. Prior to joining MGMA, Chris was managing editor of multiple community news organizations in the Denver metropolitan area. Email Chris Harrop.