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Failing health of the United States

2018-02-12T14:03:37+00:00

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 [...]

Failing health of the United States 2018-02-12T14:03:37+00:00

Opioid epidemic top priority for surgeon general

2018-02-01T09:40:08+00:00

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 [...]

Opioid epidemic top priority for surgeon general 2018-02-01T09:40:08+00:00

Risk of opioid misuse jumps 44% with each refill, study finds

2018-01-25T09:36:20+00:00

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 [...]

Risk of opioid misuse jumps 44% with each refill, study finds 2018-01-25T09:36:20+00:00

Did Americans Turn to Opioids Out of Despair – or Just Because They Were There?

2018-01-24T16:07:40+00:00

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 [...]

Did Americans Turn to Opioids Out of Despair – or Just Because They Were There? 2018-01-24T16:07:40+00:00

Fueled by drug crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year

2018-01-05T11:57:46+00:00

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 [...]

Fueled by drug crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year 2018-01-05T11:57:46+00:00

This Dad Is Warning Other Parents About Safely Storing Medications After His Daughter’s Tragic Death

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 [...]

This Dad Is Warning Other Parents About Safely Storing Medications After His Daughter’s Tragic Death 2017-12-29T14:35:45+00:00

Pharmacists Play Key Role in Protecting Children from Prescription Meds

2017-12-29T14:26:13+00:00

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 [...]

Pharmacists Play Key Role in Protecting Children from Prescription Meds 2017-12-29T14:26:13+00:00

Overcoming Opioids: Struggles for Recovery

2017-11-29T17:02:20+00:00

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 [...]

Overcoming Opioids: Struggles for Recovery 2017-11-29T17:02:20+00:00

Former methadone clinic doctor says he was told to “get them on a high dose and keep them there”

2017-11-20T16:08:57+00:00

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 [...]

Former methadone clinic doctor says he was told to “get them on a high dose and keep them there” 2017-11-20T16:08:57+00:00

Counterfeit opioid pills are tricking users — sometimes with lethal results

2017-11-20T15:47:01+00:00

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 [...]

Counterfeit opioid pills are tricking users — sometimes with lethal results 2017-11-20T15:47:01+00:00