Last Word on Viewpoint: Why do some patients stop breathing after taking narcotics? Ventilatory chemosensitivity as a predictor of opioid-induced respiratory depression.


OPIOID-INDUCED RESPIRATORY depression (OIRD) is a serious public health and patient safety concern. In 2010, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in the United States (32), with 75% of these deaths involving opioid analgesics (2, 10). The problem is not limited to outpatients: severe respiratory depression and death occur even in hospitals… (More)
DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00430.2015


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