Over the past 15 years, more than 165 000 people in the United States have died from overdoses related to prescription opioids,1 and millions more have suffered adverse consequences.2,3 The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids have contributed to a precipitous increase in heroin and fentanyl overdoses.1
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