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Could This One Change Help Curb the Opioid Crisis?

To prescribe an effective bridge to addiction treatment, emergency physicians must get special training and receive a waiver. Making that process easier—or eliminating the requirement altogether—could make a big impact.

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the ongoing opioid crisis. Treatment disruptions, lack of access to mental health services, job losses and overall stress have increased the risk of opioid use and relapse. Between July 2019 and June 2020, fatal drug overdoses soared, with more...

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