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May 2017

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the United States: Lessons From the Department of Veterans Affairs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Office of the Under Secretary for Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(5):611-612. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0147

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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