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Drug Addiction: The US Searches for Novel Ways to Prevent Overdoses

Drug Addiction: The US Searches for Novel Ways to Prevent Overdoses

Opioids are a class of drugs made from the opium poppy plant. These drugs work in the brain to produce various effects, including pain relief. Opioids are usually given as prescription medications to treat moderate to severe pain. However, long-term use of the drugs increases an individual’s dependence and tolerance, which results in higher and more frequent doses and sometimes addiction.

In 2019, almost 50,000 individuals in the United States died from opioid-related overdoses. This number has steadily increased since then, with the most recent figures showing that 100,000 people have died because of overdoses associated with fentanyl in the last 12 months. The opioid epidemic has become a public health…

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