Treating Opioid Use Disorder with Buprenorphine may Provide Dual Benefit for HIV Positive Patients
The opioid epidemic has become a national public health problem. Although, the opioid epidemic is being addressed nationally and drug overdose deaths decreased by 4% from 2017 to 2018, still more than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2018, and almost 70% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.[i] According to the most recent estimates in 2018, over 2.0 million US persons, 12 years of age and older, have an opioid use disorder (OUD).[ii] OUD is defined in the DSM-5 as a ...
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