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2020 May 04

Curr Opin Anaesthesiol

The opioid epidemic in pediatrics: a 2020 update.


Yaster M, McNaull PP, Davis PJ
Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2020 May 04.
PMID: 32371640.


Over the last 3 years and for the first time in 60 years, life expectancy in the United States has declined across all racial groups primarily because of drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, and suicide. A public health response to the opioid crisis must expand its focus to more broadly include children, adolescents, and young adults while increasing efforts toward preventing new cases of opioid addiction, early identification of individuals with opioid-abuse disorder, and ensuring access to effective opioid addiction treatment, while simultaneously continuing to safely meet the needs of patients experiencing pain.