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High-Risk Use of Prescription Opioids Blamed for Deaths in Tennessee

High-risk drug/medication use is a term that describes a pattern of drug or medication intake that substantially increases the chances that a person will experience a seriously negative substance-related health outcome. In addition to diagnosable abuse or addiction, the most prominent potential negative outcome is overdose. In a study published in March 2014 in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from several U.S. institutions assessed the extent to which involvement in high-risk use of an opioid pain medication increases the likelihood that any given individual will experience an opioid overdose.

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