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Preventing Prescription Opioid Abuse

Jane C. Ballantyne, MD1; Andrew Kolodny, MD2
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1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
2Phoenix House Foundation Inc, New York, New York
JAMA. 2015;313(10):1059. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0521.
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To the Editor The United States, with only 5% of the world’s population, is consuming more than 80% of the world’s opioid supplies.1 The sharp increase in opioid prescribing that began in the 1990s was largely driven by pain advocacy groups and groups of pain specialists lobbying state medical boards and legislatures to lift the prohibitions on opioid use and by the Joint Commission’s mandate to identify and treat pain.2

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March 10, 2015
Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH; Peter Lurie, MD, MPH; Janet Woodcock, MD
1Office of the Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland
2Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland
JAMA. 2015;313(10):1060-1061. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0524.
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