Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain.
The number of drug overdose deaths remain high, and the majority of these deaths, almost 70% in 2018, involved opioids.3
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Today’s Heroin Epidemic – United States, 2012. MMWR 2015; 64(26);719-725.
- Wilson N, Kariisa M, Seth P, et al. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths—United States, 2017-2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:290-297.