Is opioid treatment available to those who need it most?

(Michigan State University) The US opioid epidemic is still raging -- it's particularly pronounced in low-income areas and in those where people lack access to health care services, which includes cities in Michigan and across the Rust Belt. But the effectiveness of efforts to provide treatment and recovery options to those who need it most -- that is, in locations with the greatest number of deaths from opioid overdose -- has been unclear.
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CONCLUSIONS: Screening, outreach, clinical treatment, and first responders should be aware of increasing patterns of polysubstance use and the potential implications of co-use of heroin and cocaine on first responders' intervention and the potential role of increasing exposure to multiple substances on overdose outcomes in the US. PMID: 33022537 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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