Premier survey: 90% of health system execs prioritize opioid reduction

Ninety percent of executives from health systems in Premier's network are making opioid reduction a priority, according to a survey of C-suite leaders.

Premier conducted the online survey from Sept. 20 through Oct. 16. Forty-nine C-suite executives — including CEOs, COOs and CMOs, among others — participated. Among respondents who said addressing the opioid crisis was a priority for them, areas of focus included patient education on pain management, promoting alternative methods for pain relief and ensuring safe prescribing practices.

"With the number of people dying from opioid overdoses quadrupling since 1999 and the death toll continuing to climb, the president has deemed the opioid epidemic a public health emergency," said Susan DeVore, president and CEO at Premier. "Premier and its members are continuing to take significant steps to improve pain management efforts, and reduce addiction, overuse and misuse by spreading and scaling tools, resources and practices focused on improving healthcare quality and patient safety."

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