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Pharmacy students visit to India sheds new light on the understanding of opioid epidemic in US

Dallas Smith, Andrea Seeger


US has a serious problem of drug addiction with over 52,000 lives lost in 2015 alone. During our elective advanced pharmacy practice rotation in India, we were surprised to find that with a much larger population and with limited enforcement of prescription control, opioid deaths are relatively rare.  In this article we postulate some of the factors that may explain this discrepancy.


Opioid, Drug Addiction, Drug Abuse, Pain Treatment


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