OPEN ClinicoEconomics and outcomes research : CEOR | 24 Sep 2015
A Shei, M Hirst, NY Kirson, CJ Enloe, HG Birnbaum and WC Dunlop
Opioid abuse, including abuse of prescription opioids (“RxOs”) and illicit substances like heroin, is a serious public health issue in Europe. Currently, there is limited data on the magnitude of RxO abuse in Europe, despite increasing public and scientific interest in the issue. The purpose of this study was to use the best-available data to derive comparable estimates of the health care burden of RxO abuse in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom (EU5).
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