Wilson M. Compton, MD, MPE; Nora D. Volkow, MD; Douglas C. Throckmorton, MD; Peter Lurie, MD, MPH
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Compton W., Volkow N., Throckmorton D., Lurie P.; Expanded Access to Opioid Overdose Intervention: Research, Practice, and Policy Needs. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:65-66. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-158-1-201301010-00013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(1):65-66.
Rates of fatal drug overdoses have more than doubled in the United States over the past decade to become one of the leading causes of preventable injury death. Overall drug overdose deaths increased to a record of 38 329 in 2010, outpacing deaths from motor vehicle traffic crashes nationally for 2 years running (1). Most of the increase in such deaths is related to prescription opioids and mirrors an increase in opioid prescribing (1, 2). Diversion of these medications contributes to the problem (3), and both higher opioid doses and polysubstance use are significant contributing factors (3, 4).
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