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By On March 14th, 2019

U.S. saw all-time high deaths from suicide, drugs, and alcohol in 2017

Deaths from substance abuse and suicide reached an all-time high in America in 2017 according to a troubling new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD) and the Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. Throughout the year, more than 150,000 Americans died from drug use, alcohol, or suicide –…

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By On February 26th, 2019

When parents abuse opioids, their children are likely to follow in their footsteps

Parents who abuse prescription painkillers may be tempting their children to follow in their footsteps according to recent findings published in the journal Pediatrics. According to the report, American teenagers were 30% more likely to abuse prescription opioids when one of their parents also misuse the drugs. The findings are not particularly shocking, as research on…

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By On October 4th, 2018

Study finds strong link between depression and opioid abuse

Many factors have been linked to determining a person’s risk for abusing opioids or their potential for an overdose, including a person’s past substance abuse risk, chronic pain, and even their gender. Now, research published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology suggests depression may also be a strong sign of potential opioid abuse.…

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By On September 21st, 2018

Is America’s opioid epidemic actually part of a 40-year trend?

Most would consider the opioid epidemic current affecting America to be a relatively new phenomenon driven by the rise of synthetic opioids and increasing prescription rates. However, a group of experts is now arguing the opioid crisis in America is actually part of a 40-year trend that shows no signs of stopping. Based on an…

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By On July 9th, 2018

Experts Call For Better Opioid Intervention And Treatment For Women

Experts are calling for public health efforts to combat the growing opioid epidemic and overdose deaths in America to better incorporate women’s health issues. In a commentary published in The Lancet this week, a group of experts emphasized the need for researchers, clinicians, and policymakers to consider the unique ways in which women may encounter…

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By On May 16th, 2018

22 U.S. states have filed lawsuits against pharma companies involved in opioid epidemic

Six more U.S. states have announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, bringing the total number of state-level lawsuits to 22. The states are accusing the pharmaceutical company of contributing to the nation-wide opioid epidemic with misleading marketing. U.S. state attorneys general from Nevada, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee say the company…

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By On January 23rd, 2018

Tom Petty’s death ruled an accidental opioid overdose

Tom Petty is one of the latest high-profile victims of America’s opioid crisis, according to the rock star’s autopsy results released over the weekend. Los Angeles County coroner spokesperson Ed Winter confirmed that Petty died of an accidental overdose of opiates at the age of 66 in October of last year. Coroners found a mixture…

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