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By On January 3rd, 2019

Opioid-related deaths among teens and children have tripled since 1999

Although recent statistics and information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make the death toll from the ongoing opioid epidemic startlingly clear, data about the opioid crisis’s effect on younger people across America hasn’t been so easy to come by. Now, a recent study indicates that opioid overdose rates among teens and…

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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 August 10th, 2018

CDC Says Opioid Abuse In Pregnant Women Has Quadrupled

Medical professionals are finding an unprecedented number of women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor or delivery, with the rates of pregnant women with OUD quadrupling between 1999 and 2014. According to a new multistate study of trends from the Centers for Control and Disease, overall opioid use or addiction is not just rising.…

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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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By On September 8th, 2017

The opioid epidemic weighs down the U.S. economy’s labor force

The opioid epidemic sweeping across America has taken a heavy toll on the country, taking thousands of lives every year. But, the high level of lives being taken by prescription pills and street drugs isn’t the only way this crisis is affecting the country. A new report suggests opioids are also having a measurable impact…

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By On June 30th, 2017

Over half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mood disorders

Mood disorders like anxiety and depression are well-known to face higher risks of substance abuse and addiction. This hasn’t stopped doctors across the United States from prescribing potentially addictive opioids to people struggling with these types of mental health problems, according to a new report raising questions about how medical professionals are responding to the…

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