According to current estimates, the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and this increase occurred in parallel with prescription opioid sales. Studies have also linked the prescription opioid supply to opioid-related overdoses and mortality. As a result, researchers have suggested that it is possible supply-based interventions may help in the fight against opioid misuse and abuse. However, some have proposed that reducing the prescription opioid supply may lead patients who are already addicted to opioids to substitute illicitly sourced prescription opioids or heroin, an illicit opioid.
CE: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids
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