Editorial

Special Emphasis on the Opioid/Substance Abuse Crisis

Authors: Steven T. Baldwin, MD

Abstract

Since prehistoric times, humankind has probably discovered and used various substances for their medicinal and psychological effects. A plethora of such substances are now known and used. A yin and yang relationship between the beneficial versus the harmful effects exists for many of these substances. Tremendous benefits can result from proper medicinal use of many substances; tremendous harms can result from misuse or abuse.

This content is limited to qualifying members.

Existing members, please login first.

If you have an existing account please login now to access this article or view your purchase options.

Purchase only this article ($15)

Create a free account, then purchase this article to download or access it online for 24 hours.

Purchase an SMJ online subscription ($75)

Create a free account, then purchase a subscription to get complete access to all articles for a full year.

Purchase a membership plan (fees vary)

Premium members can access all articles plus recieve many more benefits. View all membership plans and benefit packages.

References

1. Hawre J, Buchanich JM, Robertslauren MS, et al. Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016. Science 2018;361:6408.
 
2. Ahmad FB, Rossen LM, Sutton P. Provisional drug overdose death counts. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm. Last revised May 11, 2022. Accessed May 26, 2022.
 
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Drug overdose deaths. Death rate maps & graphs. Drug overdose deaths remain high. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/deaths/index.html. Published February 22, 2022. Accessed May 26, 2022.