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CDC Issues Health Alert on Increased Opioid Deaths From Fentanyl

A new health alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updated information on the evolving opioid epidemic. The alert includes specific recommendations for improving detection of and response to fentanyl outbreaks, as well as expanding opioid use disorder treatment and use of naloxone. The CDC encourages health care providers to consider using multiple dosages of naloxone per overdose event, due to fentanyl’s potency; facilitate access to medication-assisted treatment; and use emergency departments as points of intervention for people who experience overdoses.