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Are we facing an opioid crisis in Europe?
Are we facing an opioid crisis in Europe?
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Over the past 15 years, an increasing use of opioids has been reported in the USA and Canada, coinciding with an increase in opioid addiction, opioid-related morbidity, and opioid-related mortality. Indeed, in the USA approximately 130 patients die from an overdose of prescription opioids each day. The opioid epidemic has been well  documented in the USA and Canada, but fewer data are available for Europe.

Published in 2019 by The Lancet
Katia Verhamme -Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus MC
Arthur Bohnen Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC