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March 6, 2013

Opioid Overdose Fatality Prevention

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (pamela.leece@mail.utoronto.ca).

JAMA. 2013;309(9):873-874. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.375

To the Editor: Mr Beletsky and colleagues discussed naloxone distribution, bystander opioid overdose rescue, and other potentially lifesaving interventions for at-risk opioid users.1 However, evaluation research on naloxone distribution programs has been sparse. Naloxone distribution programs are proliferating rapidly in an effort to decrease overdose deaths. The popularity of an intervention, however, should not be confused with mounting supportive evidence.

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