Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in the United States

Lessons from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Published in: JAMA Internal Medicine, Volume 177, Number 5 (May 2018), Pages 611-612. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0147

Posted on RAND.org on April 26, 2018

by Walid F. Gellad, Chester B. Good, David J. Shulkin

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

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