Going beyond prescription pain relievers to understand the opioid epidemic: the role of illicit fentanyl, new psychoactive substances, and street heroin

@article{Pergolizzi2018GoingBP,
  title={Going beyond prescription pain relievers to understand the opioid epidemic: the role of illicit fentanyl, new psychoactive substances, and street heroin},
  author={Joseph V. Pergolizzi and Jo Ann LeQuang and Robert Taylor and Robert B Raffa},
  journal={Postgraduate Medicine},
  year={2018},
  volume={130},
  pages={1 - 8}
}
ABSTRACT The opioid epidemic is associated with morbidity and mortality, and it has taken a vast toll on American society. While prescription opioid abuse is part of the opioid problem, it is by no means the entirety of it. Opioid abuse appears to have entered a technology-driven new world of clandestine labs all over the globe and many new synthetic analog, counterfeit, and adulterated drugs that arrive via the internet faster than the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) can catalog and… Expand
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