Breaking the Silence: Hearing and Changing the Story
The complex problem of substance use disorder has existed as a major public health problem in our society for many years, in many iterations. Most recently, the abuse of opioids has caught national attention as drug overdose rises to the number one cause of accidental death in the country. Are we, as medical students, adequately informed about the many facets of this problem and its origins? In First Aid, the disorder is covered in one definition. As doctors, will we know enough about this seemingly intractable issue to screen for it and treat it appropriately and effectively in our communities?
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