From AIDS to Opioids: How to Respond to an Epidemic

Williams, Arthur; Bisaga, Adam

The United States is facing a vast epidemic of opioid-related deaths. More than 2.4 million Americans have a severe opioid use disorder (OUD) involving dependence on pain medications, heroin, or both, and rates of drug overdose deaths in this country have outpaced mortality from motor vehicle accidents since 2013. The rising death toll has been rivaled in modern history only by that at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. Although these epidemics differ in nature, the large-scale, highly coordinated response to AIDS that was eventually mounted may be instructive for combating the opioid epidemic.


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August 10, 2017