Can text messages alleviate the opioid epidemic?

A new initiative started as a joint venture between WashU in St Louis and a private company is using text messaging to communicate with patients taking chronic opioids. The texting messaging system prompts users to answer a series of clinically relevant questions on a regular basis and sends the data to providers so that they can categorize patients into tiers based on risk of developing dependence. Can the new initiative fill the gap in care between opioid follow-up appointments and potentially prevent people from becoming dependent on opioids?

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