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November 14, 2012

Prevention of Fatal Opioid Overdose

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.