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Papers: 20 Aug 2022 - 26 Aug 2022


Front Pain Res (Lausanne)


Overdose, opioid treatment admissions and prescription opioid pain reliever relationships: United States, 2010-2019.


"As part of the U.S. government's urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths (1)" the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain-United States, 2016 (2)" (guideline) followed by the "CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids-United States, 2022 (3) (guideline update). " The guideline and guideline update cite a direct correlation between prescription opioids sales (POS) and opioid treatment admissions (OTA) and prescription opioid deaths (POD), which was based on data from 1999 to 2010. This paper updates those relationships and includes the correlations between prescription opioid sales (POS) and any opioid deaths (AOD) and total overdose deaths (TOD) from 2010 to 2019.