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Nadia Buza

Are Opioids to Blame for the Sharp Rise in Cocaine Overdoses?

Friday, December 8, 2017,
Author: Nadia Buza
Categories: Addiction Medicine

Cocaine use has gone down in recent years, yet overdoses are on the rise – and recent studies indicate that concurrent opioid use may be driving the increase.

As practitioners and counselors, we need to recognize this as a significant development.  By educating ourselves and taking this additional risk into account in treating addicts who use either cocaine or opioids, we can effectively decrease the risk of overdose in our patients.

To gain a deeper understanding of the issue, let’s examine the statistics and history of this killer combination, why it’s so dangerous and ultimately, what it means for the future of substance addiction treatment.

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