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Opioid crisis impacts ICUs with more admissions, deaths

(American Thoracic Society) The opioid crisis in the United States is resulting in increased admissions to hospital intensive care units and in increased numbers of ICU deaths from opioid overdoses, according to new research published online, ahead of print in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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Source: Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Paediatric Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Paediatr Anaesth Source Type: research
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