Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

December 1, 2014 4:14 PM

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The term 'drug overdose' is thrown around a lot, but new findings suggest that patients at risk for "overdose" may not like that term.

Dr. Phillip Coffin, Director of Substance Use Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, runs clinical trials and implementation science related to substance use. In response to high rates of drug overdose deaths from opiates, in 2003 San Francisco began distributing naloxone (an opi...

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