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A 17-year-old heroin abuser presents to the emergency department after receiving naloxone in the field for treatment of respiratory depression.
During observation, he describes the sudden onset of shortness of breath, cough, and chest discomfort, and his pulse oximetry falls to 89% on room air.
His chest x-ray is depicted below (see Figure).
What is thought to be the reason for this clinical finding?
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