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Trends in opioid toxicity–related deaths in the US before, after the start of the pandemic

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: Deaths due to opioid toxicity increased substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic. By 2021, 1 of every 22 deaths in the U.S. was attributable to unintentional opioid toxicity, underscoring the urgent need to support people at risk of substance-related harm, particularly men, younger adults, and adolescents. 

Authors: Tara Gomes, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, is the corresponding author. 

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