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Addressing Opioid Use Disorder among LGBTQ Populations

Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As a population disproportionately affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community has not been spared from the opioid epidemic. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, LGB men and women across all age brackets were significantly more likely to have misused prescription pain relievers in the last year compared to heterosexual adults (Figure 1), and had almost three times greater risk of opioid use disorder compared to heterosexual adults.1 Although little is known about opioid use among transgender people, the few studies that do exist have found an elevated prevalence of illicit drug use in this population

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