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Comment & Response
March 10, 2015

Preventing Prescription Opioid Abuse

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Phoenix House Foundation Inc, New York, New York
JAMA. 2015;313(10):1059. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0521

To the Editor The United States, with only 5% of the world’s population, is consuming more than 80% of the world’s opioid supplies.1 The sharp increase in opioid prescribing that began in the 1990s was largely driven by pain advocacy groups and groups of pain specialists lobbying state medical boards and legislatures to lift the prohibitions on opioid use and by the Joint Commission’s mandate to identify and treat pain.2

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