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Death caused by drug overdose is a major problem in the United States. In 2014, nearly 29 000 people died of opiate overdose.1 Underlying this trend is a parallel increase in opioid use disorder, defined as a problematic pattern of opioid use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. Opioid use disorder contributes to significant mortality, primarily from overdose, as well as morbidity.
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