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An experimental vaccine could help fight the opioid epidemic
January 14, 2022 - 10:38 am

Tackling the opioid crisis requires changing strategies and the way we think about addiction, says Columbia University professor Sandra Comer.

At least 100,000 people died from a drug overdose between May 2020 and May 2021 — up 22% from the year before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the last two decades, nearly 1 million Americans have died from drug overdoses, with more than 70% of them involving opioids.

“One of the mistakes that people make when they think about drug users, ‘Oh, it’s somebody’s choice to have this disorder.’ That’s not true,” she said. “It’s a medical disease and we need to treat it.”

Source: CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-epidemic-experimental-vaccine-oxycodone/

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