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z Hot Topic: Opioid Epidemic

The US and Canada are dealing with an opioid epidemic - prescription, legal, illegal, synthetic,...

"Opioids are natural or synthetic chemicals that bind to receptors in your brain or body. Common opioids include heroin and prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl." (HHS)

Comparing a lethal dose of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil.

Size of a lethal dose.

How much did a short letter in the New England Journal of Medicine influence the opioid epidemic?

A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine on January 10, 1980 (below) may have been used to justify physicians prescribing certain drugs that today are considered highly addictive:

New England Journal of Medicine 1980 letter

June 2017 - NEJM Editor's Note: For reasons of public health, readers should be aware that this letter (above) has been “heavily and uncritically cited” as evidence that addiction is rare with opioid therapy Leung et al.describe its history. (below.)

Church of Safe Injection


Video Resources

Opioid Deaths

Recovery Oriented Campus Center at USM

Andrew Kiezulas 2017 Recovery Student of the Year
Andrew Kiezulas '17, Collegiate Recovery Student of the Year

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Prescription or illegal:

  • opioid*
  • fentanyl
  • oxycodone
  • hydrocodone
  • carfentanil
  • heroin

Emergency treatment - reverses an overdose

  • naloxone (generic)
  • narcan (brand name)


  • methadone
  • suboxone
  • buprenorphine
  • treatment of drug addiction

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