Opioid overdose ER visits up 30 percent

New report from the CDC finds the nation's deadly opioid epidemic is worsening, with a nearly 30 percent jump in emergency room visits for overdoses in a 15-month period. The increases were seen among both men and women, and with all age groups. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" with more on the nation's opioid crisis.
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(RAND Corporation) Most people who misuse opioids are first exposed to the drugs through prescriptions so improving prescribing is targeted as one way to help curb the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. A new study identified six types of risky opioid prescriptions and found that all were linked to a higher chance of death, including fatal opioid overdoses. The study found more than 6 percent of Massachusetts adults received a risky opioid prescription during a five-year period.
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Attorney general of state with third-highest drug overdose rate blasts chain's dual role as distributor and pharmacy
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Authors: Barlas S Abstract Although some aspects of the opioid epidemic, such as physician overprescribing, have lessened in the past few years, the overdose death rate continues to climb. The author describes the latest federal actions aimed at tackling the crisis. PMID: 29896032 [PubMed]
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I know a bit about the opioid epidemic ravaging America. My wife and I grew up in West Virginia and follow the news from home. I practice emergency medicine in rural South Carolina, and have worked in Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana. I have seen the enemy, and it is terrible to behold. The genesis of the epidemic has been covered over and over. It is a complex problem with an equally complex history. No sound-bite by politicians or government regulators can simplify it. Many people and groups are working to stem the black tide of overdose deaths flowing across America. Health departments are offering counsel...
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Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, alleging that 670 Massachusetts residents who were prescribed the company's opioid drugs have died from opioid-related overdoses since 2009. The complaint, which was filed Tuesday in Suffolk County Superior Court, names Connecticut-based Purdue as a defendant, along with 16 current and former executives at the company who Healey says were complicit in facilitating and exacerbating the opioid epidemic. According to the complaint,…
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In the United States, opioid-related mortality has tripled since 2000, leading the Centers for Disease Control to declare a national overdose epidemic in 2016. With overdose an increasing area of mainstream political and popular concern, some commentators ...
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The numbers tell the story for themselves – of the 64,000 drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, three quarters were caused by opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And recent reports from the CDC show opioid overdoses increased 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017. The opioid epidemic is not new and it’ s not going away. It is a complex problem that tragically affects too many people. As a company, Tufts Health Plan has made it a priority to support our members,…
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“Last time I saw all this, I think it’s fair to say, I was at a turning point in my life,” Anthony Bourdain says before embarking into the Borneo jungle. He was not afraid to discuss his long battle with substance use, an issue that millions of Americans struggle with. In fact, recent data shows that annual deaths from opioid misuse have surpassed deaths by car accidents, guns, or breast cancer, highlighting an astoundingly dramatic increase in nationwide substance use disorders. 1, 2 “I have been hardened by the last 10 years. I don’t know what that says about me… but, there it is.&rdq...
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BACKGROUND: In response to the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, many states have enacted laws increasing naloxone access by lay people, such as friends and family members of people who use drugs (PWUD), as well as PWUD themselves. METHOD: We utili...
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FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 -- There's little public support for two strategies to reduce opioid users'risk of infections and overdoses, a new U.S. study finds. Researchers asked more than 1,000 adults their views on safe injection sites and needle...
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