This study projected the effect of lowering incident nonmedical prescription opioid use on the future trajectory of the opioid overdose crisis in the United States. In this paper, the prevention of prescription opioid misuse alone is projected to have a modest effect on lowering opioid overdose deaths in the near future, and a multipronged approach is needed to dramatically change the course of the opioid crisis.
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