The opioid epidemic is a modern public health emergency. Unlike typical characterizations of individuals with opioid use disorder, this research leverages electronic health records (EHR) of a large, urban, academic medical center. We confirm the increase in opioid-related overdoses through the EHR, present demographics, and analyze the data to highlight changes in medical encounters that surround the first overdose. These insights may inform abatement of the urban opioid epidemic in a targeted way.

Learning Objective: 1. Understand the benefits of using electronic health record data for characterizing the opioid epidemic.

2. Acknowledge the patterns of clinical documentation associated with first opioid overdose.

3. Identify point of intervention that may mitigate the morbidity and mortality of opioid overdose.


Amelia Averitt (Presenter)
Columbia University

Benjamin Slovis, Thomas Jefferson University
Abdul Tariq, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Value Institute
David Vawdrey, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Value Institute
Adler Perotte, Columbia University

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