Addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States requires expanding access to treatment and work to prevent the more than 130 deaths each day from opioid-related drug overdoses nationwide.
Maine's rate of fatal overdoses due to opioids - the class of drugs that include heroin and morphine as well as fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone - has increased significantly in t he last decade; with serious consequences for individuals, families, and communities.
Peters, Chrisel and University of Maine Institute of Medicine, "New UMaine program addresses opioid epidemic challenges" (2019). General University of Maine Publications. 1028.
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