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Significant Rise In Emergency Department Visits Related To Buprenorphine Use

There has been a significant increase in the number of emergency department visits related to the drug buprenorphine, a medicine used to treat opioid addiction. The number of emergency visits due to buprenorphine jumped from 3,161 in 2005 up to 30,135 in 2010, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).Buprenorphine was approved by the U.S...

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