KevinMD: Roshni Ghosh and Asokumar Buvanendran: The opioid epidemic has reached a tipping point. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, as safer pain management practices must be a national priority. Everyone in health care needs to be aware of the potential dangers and become part of the solution. That means partnering with patients and families on pain management expectations; education on safe use, storage and disposal of opioids; and prevention of misuse and abuse after discharge. Clinicians throughout a patient’s full continuum of care also need to increase their awareness to ensure that prescriptions are being written only when absolutely necessary.