Generational trends in US opioid-overdose deaths

Deaths from opioid overdose in the USA have followed three distinct waves that have all affected baby boomers, generation X and millennials.

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Fig. 1: The distribution of opioid deaths by generation in the USA.


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L.D. has received investigator-initiated untied educational grants from Indivior and Seqirus in the past 3 years for studies of opioid medications in Australia. M.H. has had unrestricted honoraria from MSD and Gilead in the past 3 years.

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Hall, W., Degenhardt, L. & Hickman, M. Generational trends in US opioid-overdose deaths. Nat Med 26, 651–652 (2020).

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