Econometrica’s Drive to Reduce Opioid Deaths

Last updated Apr 12, 2018 | Published on Apr 12, 2018

HRSA’s Value of Poison Centers for Medicare Beneficiaries: Measuring the Impact of Poison Center Consultations Contract Awarded in 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that on average 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. With the number of opioid-involved deaths continuing to increase in the United States, it is time for healthcare members to mobilize with speed and efficiency to help reduce opioid deaths.

Over the past 20 years, Econometrica has worked on several projects preparing us to battle the opioid crisis. In 2014, Econometrica worked with Lewin and PIRE on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Value of Poison Centers for Medicare Beneficiaries: Measuring the Impact of Poison Center Consultations project.

In this project, the team conducted a retrospective study to determine the impact of poison center consultations on the length of inpatient hospital stays related to poisonings for Medicare beneficiaries. The project also secured epidemiological data to identify whether any cost benefits existed with seniors’ hospitalizations due to poison-related incidents that may be attributable to the involvement of poison control centers.

Part of combating the opioid crisis requires creating educational tools to disseminate important messages. In our Prevention of Prescription Abuse in the Workplace project for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, we worked with employers and their staff members to spread opioid misuse prevention messages. We also supported Safe State’s Injury Surveillance Workgroup 7 from 2010 to 2012 as it examined data sources that can be used to keep track of the growing opioid epidemic.

The number of opioid-involved deaths continues to increase in the United States, adding to the already large numbers of deaths attributed to opioid use. We understand the urgency and scale of this crisis and we are committed to using our capabilities and experience to be a part of the solution.

The project also secured epidemiological data to identify whether any cost benefits existed with seniors’ hospitalizations due to poison-related incidents that may be attributable to the involvement of poison control centers.

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