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Paone D, Tuazon E, Stajic M, Sampson B, Allen B, Mantha S, Kunins H. 
“Buprenorphine infrequently found in fatal overdose in New York City”. 
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Oct 24;155:298-301.
Buprenorphine is an opioid agonist medication that is both safe and effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders and the prevention of opioid overdoses. Despite this, media coverage has highlighted public concerns about the potential safety consequences of buprenorphine misuse and diversion. To address the possible contribution of buprenorphine to overdose mortality, we systematically tested post mortem blood specimens from decedents who had died of an unintentional drug overdoses in 2013.
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