The United States is in the throes of a long and brutal opioid epidemic, one that has affected millions of people and gutted entire communities. Too many people are prescribed highly addictive opioids when a safer pain reliever is sufficient. While some culprits behind the mass over-prescription of painkillers are now being held accountable, the problem is far from being resolved. To make a real difference, providers need to use their EHRs & EMRs to be part of proactive solutions. That's why NextGen, SureScripts, and other healthcare technology providers have developed tools to help fight the opioid epidemic.Fortunately, the TempDev team can help organizations implement tools meant to prevent the over-prescribing of opioids and improve integrated care for patients who are already addicted. They can also make it easier for providers to spot those who already have a problem. By using NextGen EHR, a leader in the ambulatory healthcare technology market, physicians can more easily identify drug-seeking behaviors and take steps to help their patients overcome their drug abuse or addictions.