Prescription opioids, opioid use disorder, and overdose crisis in Canada: Current dilemmas and remaining questions

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Title: Prescription opioids, opioid use disorder, and overdose crisis in Canada: Current dilemmas and remaining questions
Authors: Gorfinkel, Lauren
Wood, Evan
Klimas, Jan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10078
Date: 1-Jun-2018
Online since: 2019-04-23T11:35:04Z
Abstract: In Canada, a rise in opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose has been linked to opioid prescriptions in a number of contexts. At the same time, relatively few patients prescribed opioids reportedly develop OUD. This combination of findings suggests a pressing need for research on specific avenues through which medically prescribed opioids influence OUD and overdose in Canada. In this commentary, we therefore discuss a few of the potential processes that might allow for medically prescribed opioids to indirectly influence rising overdose rates, and the processes that might account for inconsistencies between large correlational research and studies of OUD incidence in opioid prescribed patients.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wolters Klumer
Journal: Canadian Journal of Addiction
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Start page: 10
End page: 12
Copyright (published version): 2018 Lippincott Williams
Keywords: CanadaPrescription opioidsOverdose
DOI: 10.1097/CXA.0000000000000016
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Medicine Research Collection

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