The Opioid Epidemic:  What Veterinarians Need to Know

The Opioid Epidemic: What Veterinarians Need to Know

The epidemic of opioid abuse is affecting medical and health professionals such as physicians and pharmacists, but also veterinarians.

Prescription opioids are powerful pain-reducing medications that include oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, among others, and they have both benefits as well as potentially serious risks, such as addiction, abuse, and overdose.

While opioids are a small part of the veterinarian’s medical arsenal for treating pain in animals, stocking and administering these drugs also makes it important for veterinarians to understand how they can help combat the abuse and misuse of pain medications.

So what steps can veterinarians take if they stock and administer opioids? 

Click Here to find out what the FDA has to say! 

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