As opioid epidemic hits new milestone, work is underway to increase buprenorphine access

As opioid epidemic hits new milestone, work is underway to increase buprenorphine access

Last month, the CDC released data that indicated more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths occurred from May 2020 to April 2021 — the highest number in a 12-month period. Of that total, 64% involved synthetic opioids.Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), said efforts to reverse the number of opioid- and overdose-related deaths continue in earnest.A common element in many strategies to curb the opioid epidemic is increasing buprenorphine access to physicians and patients.Volkow told Healio that there are many ways to combat the opioid epidemic, includingRead More

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