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Opioid overdose is a major public health problem, accounting for almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States . Overdose involves both males and females of all ages, ethnicities, and demographic and economic characteristics, and involves both illicit opioids such as heroin and, increasingly, prescription opioid analgesics such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and methadone . Physicians and other health care providers can make a major contribution toward reducing the toll of opioid overdose through the care they take in prescribing opioid analgesics and monitoring patients’ response, as well as their acuity in identifying and effectively addressing opioid overdose. Federally funded CME courses are available at no charge at www.OpioidPrescribing.com (five courses funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and on MedScape (two courses funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse).