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Drs. Kim Thorburn and Robert Wood: Physicians support refocused approach to substance use disorder

"This month, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that more than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021, a 14.9% upsurge from 2020. COVID-19 is believed to be part of the cause by fostering isolation and increasing barriers to already limited treatment and support services.

Resources needed by persons with the disease of addiction, now termed substance use disorder, have long been severely lacking and criminalizing substance use disorder is just plain wrong."

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