Opioid Use and Its Relationship to Cardiovascular Disease and Brain Health

Published: August 19, 2021

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  • The misuse of opioids in the US continues to be an epidemic resulting in increased dependency and escalating drug overdoses leading to significant loss of life.
  • Harmonization of approaches to opioid management should occur among federal agencies and across states.
  • There is an urgent need for research to identify the most effective approach for safe opioid use in cardiovascular and stroke patients, and to reduce opioid-associated complications.