Opioid Epidemic Resource Center

Free access to research, data, analyses and other resources — updated 8 November 2017

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The opioid epidemic is taking lives every day. In the United States, where President Trump has declared it a national public health emergency, prescription opioids and heroin killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Leslie Dye, MDElsevier’s Opioid Epidemic Resource Center provides continually updated resources from our content experts on multiple topics related to opioid use and addiction, nationally and internationally. This free offering gives our readers — including medical professionals, health researchers and members of the public — the ability to access the depth and breadth of Elsevier resources on the topic in one place.

Elsevier's vast content types include scientific and medical journals, textbooks, educational products, and online clinical solutions for physicians, nurses and students in the health professions. This resource center will also include original commentary from our clinicians.

The solution for this epidemic is complicated, but it starts with education. — Leslie Dye, MD

Dr. Dye is Editor-in-Chief of Point of Care Content for Clinical Solutions at Elsevier and curator of this Resource Center.

Updated on 8 November 2017


The 3D animations Naloxone Mechanism of Action and Neurochemistry of Addiction: An Epidemic of Heroin Use and the Role of Naloxone are a part of the Elsevier Animation Library. They are created by Elsevier’s Multimedia Group in collaboration with the Clinical Solutions department.

Infographic: The Opioid Epidemic in America

The past 50 years have seen a growing epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse emerge in the United States; in 2015 alone, opioid medications, both legal and illegal, caused over 30,000 fatalities, triple the number of overdoses reported the entire 15 years prior.

Both opioids and the current epidemic have long been a focus of scientific research. With Scopus data from 2011-16, Elsevier's Research Intelligence team used SciVal to analyze scholarly output, research impact, trending topics, and top researchers on both topics. You can view the infographic below and find further information and data here.

Clinical Skills

Elsevier's Clinical Skills combines over 1,400 evidence-based skills and procedures with competency management features to create a powerful resource for nurses, therapists and other clinicians. It helps address the need for both care consistency and competency validation, while positioning you in alignment with key standards of care. You can download the following Clinical Skills quick sheets with extended text here:

Clinical Overviews on ClinicalKey

Clinical Overviews are easy-to-scan, clinically focused medical topic summaries designed to match the clinician workflow. They will replace the most frequently searched and used First Consult topics on ClinicalKey, and they have been added as a new content type on ClinicalKey for Nursing. Elsevier's Point-of-Care Editorial team develops Clinical Overviews through a process that includes review and revision by a medical editor; peer reviews performed by subject matter experts; a production review to ensure consistency in style, grammar, and punctuation; and a final evaluation by the editor-in-chief.

Care Plans

Elsevier Care Planning is the industry’s only EHR (electronic health record)-based care planning solution that combines the patient story, more than 500 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and standardized assessments into one patient-centered plan of care across all care settings and disciplines.

Patient Engagement

Patient Engagement creates learner-centered patient education which embeds both plain language and shared decision-making principles. The goal is to deliver the right message, to the patient in the right way, and when they are most ready to learn throughout their health care journey. Elsevier developed the following patient education to support our hospital customers and increase patient understanding of the correct use of opioid medications when needed and in the way and purpose for which the provider prescribes these medications.

Access to research

These papers have been carefully selected by Elsevier’s journal teams and made freely available.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Archives of Psychiatric Nursing

Disability and Health Journal

Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

The International Journal of Drug Policy  

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

The Lancet

The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology

The Lancet Global Health

The Lancet HIV

The Lancet Infectious Diseases

The Lancet Oncology

The Lancet Psychiatry

The Lancet Public Health

Nursing Outlook (the journal of the American Academy of Nursing)

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

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