Opioid Epidemic Poses Complex Problem for Cancer Care

Maurie Markman, MD
Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Maurie Markman, MD

Maurie Markman, MD
News reports of the opioid addiction epidemic are startling and profoundly distressing. The devastating impact of addiction on families and communities cannot be overstated or even fully comprehended. For example, more than 11 million Americans are inappropriately using opioids, according to a 2016 estimate.1 Further, compared with 1999, the number of deaths related to opioids has increased more than 4-fold.1 One estimate suggested that more than 90 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses.2
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