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Researchers identify similarities between HIV/AIDS and opioid addiction epidemics
Date:4/1/2014

and that educational resources for addiction in medical training be on par with that of other chronic diseases. Also, as with HIV/AIDS, patients suffering from addiction should be involved in the design and implementation of programs and products designed to serve them.

Immediate steps that can address the catastrophic death toll from unintentional overdose include a balance of harm reduction and supply-side and demand-oriented interventions, such as:

  • Regularly prescribe, train in use of, and distribute naloxone.
  • Reformulate pain medications and decrease availability of painkillers through physical education, prescription drug-monitoring programs, and crackdowns on "pill mills."
  • Increase access to evidence-based treatment, including medications like buprenorphine and methadone.


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