In 2017 the United States declared the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. The growing awareness of opioid related harms began much earlier and active efforts have been ongoing for over the last 10 years. Although the healthcare system has little impact on the illegal manufacturing, distribution, and abuse of illicit opioids, the healthcare system can positivity take steps to reduce the abuse of legitimate medical opioids. Many misconceptions exist regarding prescription opioid abuse and positive solutions will occur when specific problems are addressed, such as drug diversion and the way people abuse opioids. This course will review abuse mitigation strategies with particular focus on the technological enhancement to reduce abuse, especially the diversion, of prescription opioids, their process for obtaining FDA approval as abuse-deterrent opioids and a review of current and possible future technologies.
This presentation is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Daiichi-Sankyo, Inc.