By Steven H Woolf, director Laudan Aron, senior fellow The role of challenging life conditions and the policies behind them Life expectancy in the US has fallen for the second year in a row.1 This is alarming because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including the US. The decline in US [...]
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BY Alvin Powell The opioid epidemic is U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ top priority and his position’s bully pulpit is his most potent weapon to effect change. Because of that, Adams has publicly shared his own family’s struggle with addiction, which includes a brother who has been jailed as he fights substance abuse. Adams described the [...]
By Brian Zimmerman While most clinical efforts to mitigate the risk of opioid misuse have focused on limiting dosage levels, reducing the length of an opioid prescription actually has greater influence over the risk of misuse, according to a study published in BMJ. For the study, researchers examined the health records of more than 568,612 privately [...]
By Eric Levitz Between 1999 and 2013, the death rate for white, middle-aged, working-class Americans increased by 22 percent. This explosion in premature deaths was driven by a surge in opioid overdoses, alcohol-related fatalities, and suicides. Meanwhile, over the same period, medical advances pushed down the death rates of college-educated whites, and the working-class members of other racial [...]
By Lenny Bernstein and Christopher Ingraham American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by a staggering 21 percent rise in the death rate from drug overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The United States has not seen two years of declining life expectancy since 1962 and 1963, when [...]
This Dad Is Warning Other Parents About Safely Storing Medications After His Daughter’s Tragic Deathjtnn 2017-12-29T14:35:45+00:00
By Korey Lane Being a parent is a beautiful and terrifying thing, as just about any parent will tell you. And now, this dad is warning other parents after his daughter's tragic death, which he says was totally preventable. Because, unfortunately, life can change in the blink of an eye, and even the most responsible of parents or [...]
By Anthony Vecchione India pharmaceutical giant Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, recently settled a case with the U.S. Justice Department regarding prescription drug packaging that had not undergone proper testing for child safety, as required by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In a statement, the company said that, while it disagreed with the allegations, “in order to [...]
It’s hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father’s cancer pain medicine. For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened [...]
By Adam Walser PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - Florida is ground zero for the opioid crisis, with more than 5,000 overdose deaths a year. Methadone, which is a drug used to reduce withdrawal symptoms, is one treatment option. But a local doctor tells the ABC Action News I-Team he believes the clinic where he used to [...]
By Katie Zezima More than two dozen patients were rushed into an emergency room in Macon, Ga., over two days with the same array of life-threatening symptoms, including organ failure and sepsis, flummoxing doctors. But after their breathing tubes were removed, the patients revealed a common thread: All had taken what they believed were Percocet pills [...]