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Pharmacogenomics: Key to Solving America’s Opioid Epidemic

America’s opioid epidemic is a long-known about. But as medicine has changed, so too, have the approaches to solving the crisis. A new article from Becker’s Hospital Review lays out the problem and solution:

Opioid addiction and adverse events are harmful to the healthcare system, as they increase hospital stays, costs and readmission rates. “Physicians did not realize when we gave narcotics we were putting our patients at risk for long-term opioid addiction. Now that is quite clear, and it’s been clear for the past five years,” said Dr. Epps. “What can we do as physicians to help avert that problem?”

Employing a multimodal pain strategy to reduce opioid consumption and pharmacogenetics tests to identify the proper narcotic for each patient is a start.

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