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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 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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By On June 13th, 2017

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50

America’s opioid crisis continues to grow, according to new data showing drug overdose deaths have reached a new record high across the country. As The New York Times reports, drug overdose deaths in 2016 leaped to 59,000, largely driven by opioid addiction and abuse combined with the recent spread of other dangerous drugs like fentanyl.…

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By On June 2nd, 2016

Opioids: Why do some get addicted and others don’t?

Even before I worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse, I often wondered why some people try a drug and get hooked right away, and others with an “I’ll try anything once” sort of attitude skate by without a problem. The outdated moral model’s take on addiction would apply a character defect…

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