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Facing up to the prescription opioid crisis


Deaths resulting from prescription opioids tripled in the United States between 1999 and 2007 and are also increasing in many other countries, including the United Kingdom. The authors describe how this situation developed and propose several ways to reduce morbidity and mortality from opioids.



Dhalla IA, Persaud N, Juurlink DN. BMJ. 2011; 343:d5142. Epub 2011 Aug 23.

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