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Opioid Overdose Fatality Prevention—Reply

Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH; Alexander Y. Walley, MD, MSc; Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH
JAMA. 2013;309(9):873-874. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.381.
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In Reply: The call by Drs Leece and Orkin for more robust research on community-based naloxone access bolsters our appeal for urgent scale-up in resources to support the study of overdose fatality prevention. A long-standing problem among nonmedical drug users, opioid overdose began reaching epidemic proportions in the United States by 2004. Yet it took until 2009 for the US government to issue its first research grants to evaluate overdose fatality prevention interventions. This funding is just starting to bear fruit: an epidemiological study recently concluded that locales that implemented community-based overdose prevention with naloxone rescue kits experienced reduced opioid overdose mortality compared with those that did not.1

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March 6, 2013
Pamela Leece, MD, MSc; Aaron Orkin, MD, MSc
JAMA. 2013;309(9):873-874. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.375.
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