Over the recent decades, the incidence of opioid addiction and death from overdose has continued to increase. Death from opioid overdose is now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioids bind to mu receptors which initiate a biochemical process leading to a sensation of pleasure. Medical professionals play a vital role in screening and recognizing opioid dependence and tolerance. Several treatment options exist, including psychosocial and pharmacologic options.
"Recommendations for Evaluating and Managing Opioid Abuse,"
Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science: Vol. 1
, Article 67.
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