UMMS Affiliation

Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine

Publication Date


Document Type



Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Emergency Medicine | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Substance Abuse and Addiction


This review explains harm-reduction strategies for three groups of patients: those who have not received previous opioid therapy, those receiving long-term opioid therapy, and those with an opioid use disorder. It explains both risk assessment and the current approach to the use of medications for opioid use disorder.


opioid use disorder, opioids, opioid overdose, prevention, prescriber strategies, opioid therapy

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Copyright © 2019 Massachusetts Medical Society. Publisher PDF posted after 6 months as allowed by the publisher's author rights policy at

DOI of Published Version



Babu KM, Brent J, Juurlink DN. Prevention of Opioid Overdose. N Engl J Med. 2019 Jun 6;380(23):2246-2255. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1807054. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The New England journal of medicine

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