Trends in Opioid Analgesic Abuse and Mortality in the United States

From the New England Journal of Medicine

The use of prescription opioid medications has increased greatly in the United States during the past two decades; in 2010, there were 16,651 opioid-related deaths.

In response, hundreds of federal, state, and local interventions have been implemented. We describe trends in the diversion and prescription opioid analgesic abuse using data through 2013. Read more.