Relationship of opioid prescription sales and overdoses, North Carolina.

  title={Relationship of opioid prescription sales and overdoses, North Carolina.},
  author={Farhad Modarai and Karin Ann Mack and Patricia Hicks and Stephen Benoit and Soeun Park and Chester S Jones and Scott K. Proescholdbell and Amy Ising and Leonard Joseph Paulozzi},
  journal={Drug and alcohol dependence},
  volume={132 1-2},
BACKGROUND In the United States, fatal drug overdoses have tripled since 1991. This escalation in deaths is believed to be driven primarily by prescription opioid medications. This investigation compared trends and patterns in sales of opioids, opioid drug overdoses treated in emergency departments (EDs), and unintentional overdose deaths in North Carolina (NC). METHODS Our ecological study compared rates of opioid sales, opioid related ED overdoses, and unintentional drug overdose deaths in… CONTINUE READING
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