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FDA: Medical Device Innovation Can Combat the Opioid Crisis

December 06, 2018 / Jessica Kent

Combating the opioid epidemic will require advanced medical devices and sophisticated data analytics that can help detect and treat abuse, FDA officials wrote in a recent blog post. Opioid abuse is one of the most significant health crises in the US, said Jeff Shuren, MD, JD, Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the FDA, and Jonathan Jarow, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Device Evaluation, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. More than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017, the authors noted, including overdoses due to illicit drugs and prescription opioids. To combat and prevent opioid addiction, the FDA is working to find new approaches that will identify abuse and manage patients’ pain.