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November 14, 2012

Prevention of Fatal Opioid Overdose

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts (Mr Beletsky); University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla (Mr Beletsky); Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island (Dr Rich); and Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, Boston (Dr Walley).

JAMA. 2012;308(18):1863-1864. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14205

Opioid overdose is a burgeoning public health crisis, accounting for at least 16 000 deaths annually in the United States.1 Opioid overdose occurs across sex, ethnic, age, and geographic strata and involves both medical and nonmedical opioid use. To date, federal government response has focused primarily on monitoring and securing the drug supply.1 This Viewpoint suggests various steps necessary to support a more comprehensive approach.

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