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The Opioid Epidemic in the United States—Overview, Origins, and Potential Solutions

Jones, Greg H.; Bruera, Eduardo; Abdi, Salahadin; Kantarjian, Hagop M.

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey: May 2019 - Volume 74 - Issue 5 - p 278–279
doi: 10.1097/OGX.0000000000000677

(Abstracted from Cancer 2018;124:4279–4286)

Over the last 20 years, there has been a staggering increase in addiction to opiates and the number of deaths from opioids in the United States. The initial trigger for the epidemic was a letter to the editor published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980 (N Engl J Med 1980;302:123), which reported that fewer than 1% of 11,000 patients who received opioids in a hospital setting became addicted.

Leukemia Department (G.H.J., H.M.K.), Palliative Care Medicine Department (E.B.), and Pain Medicine Department (S.A.), The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

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