By Ethan Siegel If you want to know what's dangerous to Americans, the place to look is the CDC: the Centers for Disease Control. Studying all causes of death, disease, and preventative measures, they're the most important health agency in the country. Their purview extends from yellow fever to influenza to suicide to addiction and binge [...]
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By Jake Harper In a refrigerator in the coroner's office in Marion County, Ind., rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators. "We send that off to a toxicology lab to be tested for [...]
By Dennis Thompson MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds. The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or more, depending on the kid's diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to [...]
By Lindsay Ellis A new network of college students is hoping to ward off a terrifying prospect: Discovering a friend, blue lipped with shallow breathing, dying from an opioid overdose. Students at the University of Texas at Austin began learning to use naloxone, the medication often known by the brand name Narcan that rapidly reverses an [...]
By TERI SFORZA People looking to quit alcohol or other drugs typically find treatment the same way they might search for take-out food or a mechanic – by typing search words into Google. Once there, addicts and their families can get trapped in a tangle of lies. The deception has taken many forms: — Competitors hijack [...]
By Rob Stein There's more bad news about the nation's devastating opioid epidemic. In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall increase in opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms between the third quarter of 2016 and the third [...]
By Marisa Penaloza The current drug addiction crisis began in rural America, but it's quickly spreading to urban areas and into the African-American population in cities across the country. "It's a frightening time," says Dr. Edwin Chapman, who specializes in drug addiction in Washington, D.C., "because the urban African-American community is dying now at a [...]
LINDSEY TANNER Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert’s first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let [...]
By German Lopez Over the past few years, America saw its murder rate rise — in 2015, 2016, and, according to the most recent data, the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, an opioid epidemic has led to the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history — with nearly 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 (at least two-thirds of which [...]
By Dan Mangan The economic cost of the growing opioid epidemic topped an estimated $1 trillion from 2001 through 2017, according to an analysis released Tuesday. And the opioid crisis is projected to cost the United States an extra $500 billion through 2020 unless sustained action is taken to stem the tide, the report from [...]