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Opioid Use Disorder

Substance use disorders are one of the most common and devastating health problems in the United States. One group of substances that can lead to a substance use disorder is called opioids. Opioids are a type of drug that include prescription pain medications (for example, oxycodone, morphine) as well as heroin. Since the rise of prescription drugs like Oxycontin in the early 2000s, the misuse of these types of drugs has skyrocketed. Approximately 12.5 million people over the age of 12 in the United States misused prescription opioids in 2015. This means that they took them differently than how they were prescribed, usually in higher doses or for longer periods of time, or took them even though they were not prescribed...

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