The current opioid epidemic has spread rapidly through the United States, resulting in an exponential increase in opioid-associated deaths, transmission of infectious diseases, and a social crisis, which includes a sharp increase in the number of children in foster care because of parental neglect, incapacity, and/or overdose. To stem this tide, public health initiatives must address the treatment needs of more than 11 million people aged 12 years and older who misuse opioids, including the shortage of practitioners to treat those with opioid use disorder (OUD).1,2
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