in the DSM-IV-TR, a trend of opioid usage created by repetitive substantial negative consequences correlated with the recurrent taking of an opioid. This diagnosis is pre-empted by the identification of opioid reliance: If the criteria for an opioid reliance are both met, only the latter diagnosis is rendered.

OPIOID ABUSE: "Opioid abuse is on the rise in America with regard to new abusers, while management programs for such tries to keep up."
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