Medication-Assisted Therapies — Tackling the Opioid-Overdose Epidemic

From the New England Journal of Medicine. The rate of death from overdoses of prescription opioids in the United States more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2010 far exceeding the combined death toll from cocaine and heroin overdoses.

In 2010 alone, prescription opioids were involved in 16,651 overdose deaths, whereas heroin was implicated in 3036. Some 82% of the deaths due to prescription opioids and 92% of those due to heroin were classified as unintentional, with the remainder being attributed predominantly to suicide or “undetermined intent.” Read more about medication-assisted therapies.