Understanding the increase in opioid overdoses in New Hampshire: a rapid epidemiologic assessment - Meier A, Moore SK, Saunders EC, McLeman B, Metcalf SA, Auty S, Walsh O, Marsch LA.
BACKGROUND: New Hampshire (NH) has had among the highest rates of fentanyl-related overdose deaths per capita in the United States for several years in a row-more than three times the national average in 2016. This mixed-methods study investigated drug-usi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Dark Web Fentanyl Trafficker Known as "The Drug Llama" Sentenced To 13 Years In Federal Prison
Melissa Scanlan, The Drug Llama, Sentencing, trafficking fentanyl, money laundering, conspiracy, distributing fentanyl, death, Dream Market, moniker, dark web, opioid, Brandon Arias, San Diego CA (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 14, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Dark Web Fentanyl Trafficker Known as " The Drug Llama " Sentenced To 13 Years In Federal Prison
Melissa Scanlan, The Drug Llama, Sentencing, trafficking fentanyl, money laundering, conspiracy, distributing fentanyl, death, Dream Market, moniker, dark web, opioid, Brandon Arias, San Diego CA (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 14, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

At-risk populations to unintentional and intentional fentanyl and fentanyl+ exposure - Thomas AR, Schwartz RM.
Rising exposure to Fentanyl and Fentanyl + is causing both intentional and unintentional effects. Besides the increasing number of overdoses and deaths from these toxic substances, there are risks for many others such as first responders in law enforcement... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid Overdose Deaths In Massachusetts Down 5% From 2016 Peak
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials said Wednesday the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the state fell an estimated 5% from its 2016 peak. The decline comes despite the growing presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a driver of opioid-related overdose deaths, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2019, the opioid-related overdose death rate was 29 per 100,000 people. In 2016, it was 30.5 per 100,000 people. According to the report, there were 2,023 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in 2019. For the same period in 2016, there were 2,097 confirmed op...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

US Heroin Use: Good News, Bad News? US Heroin Use: Good News, Bad News?
After a steady increase in heroin use over almost 2 decades, use of the drug has plateaued, but does this positive trend indicate a shift to fentanyl use?Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - February 11, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Carfentanil Outbreak - Florida, 2016-2017
Deaths involving fentanyl analogs, such as carfentanil, have increased the severity of the opioid overdose epidemic in Florida. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 6, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Cause of death MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Opioids Source Type: news

American Life Expectancy Increased For First Time In 4 Years, CDC Says
BOSTON (CBS) — In 2018, life expectancy increased for the first time in four years, according to the Centers of Disease Control. The average American can now expect to live about 78.7 years, up 0.1 years from the year before. The rise is largely due to a drop in overdose deaths by 4%, but also from fewer deaths from several other leading causes of death, including heart disease and cancer. While cautiously optimistic, public health officials worry that this slight uptick in life expectancy might be an aberration. For example, while deaths from heroin and prescription drugs have fallen, those from cocaine and syntheti...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local CDC Dr. Mallika Marshall Health News Life Expectancy Source Type: news

For the First Time in Four Years, the U.S. Life Expectancy Rose a Little
(NEW YORK) — Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses. “Let’s just hope it continues,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees the report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest calculation is for 2018 and factors in current death trends and other issues. On average, an infant born that year is expected to live about 78 years and 8 months, the CDC said. For...
Source: TIME: Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized health onetime overnight Source Type: news

American Life Expectancy Rises for First Time in Four Years
Life expectancy, the most basic measure of the health of a society, rose slightly in 2018, after a rare and troubling decline driven by the opioid epidemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sabrina Tavernise and Abby Goodnough Tags: Longevity National Center for Health Statistics United States Deaths (Fatalities) Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Naloxone (Drug) Suicides and Suicide Attempts Source Type: news

Evaluating the potential for unintentional occupational exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogues among medicolegal death investigators and autopsy technicians - Chiu SK, Li JF, Nolte KB.
Recent increases in deaths in the United States from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and fentanyl analogues (fentanyls) have raised concerns about possible occupational exposures to these potent agents. Medicolegal death investigators and autopsy suite ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trump administration resolves fentanyl dispute but congressional support needed for broader crackdown
The Trump administration has resolved an internal dispute over how to handle new variants of fentanyl that it believes can beef up the fight against the deadly synthetic painkiller without hindering research to ease the opioid crisis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New research shows more people knowingly use fentanyl
(University of British Columbia) Fentanyl use by people who use drugs has doubled since 2015, and two-thirds of people are aware they've taken it, finds new research out of British Columbia, the Canadian province that has experienced the highest number of illicit drug toxicity deaths as a result of the opioid crisis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Insys Founder, John Kapoor, Sentenced To 66 Months In Fentanyl Bribery Case
Kapoor is the first ever CEO of a drug company to be convicted by the federal government in their fight to combat the opioid crisis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Clary Estes, Contributor Source Type: news

Insys Founder Gets 5 ½ Years in Prison in Opioid Kickback Scheme
The company executive, John Kapoor, was accused of bribing doctors and misleading insurers to increase sales of a highly addictive painkiller. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Thomas Tags: Kapoor, John Burlakoff, Alec Babich, Michael L Insys Therapeutics Inc Subsys Opioids and Opiates Fentanyl Pain-Relieving Drugs Racketeering and Racketeers Frauds and Swindling your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

5 Charged in $2.8 Million Dark Web Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering Conspiracy
dark web, conspiracy, money laundering, indictment, fentanyl, counterfeit, pill, opioid, Khlari Sirotkin, Colorado, Kelly Stephens, Sean Deaver, Nevada, Abby Jones, Sasha Sirotkin, California, narcotics, heroin, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 21, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Naloxone dosing in the era of ultra-potent opioid overdoses: a systematic review - Moe J, Godwin J, Purssell R, O'Sullivan F, Hau JP, Purssell E, Curran J, Doyle-Waters MM, Brasher PMA, Buxton JA, Hohl CM.
OBJECTIVEsEvaluate the relationship between naloxone dose (initial and cumulative) and opioid toxicity reversal and adverse events in undifferentiated and presumed fentanyl/ultra-potent opioid overdoses.METHODSWe searched Embase, MEDLINE, Cochrane ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

An assessment of the limits of detection, sensitivity and specificity of three devices for public health-based drug checking of fentanyl in street-acquired samples - Green TC, Park JN, Gilbert M, McKenzie M, Struth E, Lucas R, Clarke W, Sherman SG.
This study examined the validity in identifying the presence of fentanyl of three portable devices that cou... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The rapidly changing US illicit drug market and the potential for an improved early warning system: evidence from Ohio drug crime labs - Rosenblum D, Unick J, Ciccarone D.
BACKGROUND: The US has seen a rapid increase in synthetic opioid-related overdose deaths. We investigate Ohio, a state with one of the highest overdose death rates in 2017 and substantial numbers of deaths related to fentanyl, carfentanil, and other fentan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Former Vice President of Insys Therapeutics Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy
Insys Therapeutics, Michael Gurry, Scottsdale AZ, 33 months prison, bribe, doctors, fentanyl, pain medication, $3.6 million, forfeiture, racketeering, conspiracy, Subsys, opioid, reimbursement center, cancer, scheme, criminal, prior authorization, payment, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 14, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

'There's nothing for him,' says mom of son with brain injury from fentanyl overdoses
Some health experts in Calgary say the opioid crisis has spawned a new cohort of patients who are falling through the cracks. One woman shares her struggle to help her brain-injured, drug-addicted son. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Medicaid expansion may have saved thousands from drug overdose deaths
Increased availability of addiction treatment for the poor linked to fewer heroin and fentanyl opioid deaths (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Fentanyl deaths on rise in UK, drug report warns
The painkiller is said to be up to 100 times stronger than morphine and is entering UK markets. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Saw Big Rise in Meth, Fentanyl Use in 2019
FRIDAY, Jan. 3, 2020 -- A study of over 1 million urine drug tests from across the United States shows soaring rates of use of methamphetamines and fentanyl, often used together in potentially lethal ways. The drug test results came primarily from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 3, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

As Tens of Thousands Died, F.D.A. Failed to Police Opioids
The agency, whose oversight of opioid safety has largely eluded scrutiny, did not improve flawed programs designed to reduce addiction and overdoses, documents show. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Pain-Relieving Drugs Fentanyl Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Food and Drug Administration your-feed-healthcare Drug Abuse and Traffic Source Type: news

Potent opioids and implications for national defense - Gummin DD.
Potent opioids are increasingly responsible for morbidity and mortality in the Western world. Fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives are increasingly prevalent as adulterants or substitutes for opioid drugs of abuse in Europe and in North America. Trafficking a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

F.D.A. Failed to Ensure Safe Prescribing of Opioids, Documents Show
The agency, whose oversight of opioid safety has largely eluded scrutiny, did not improve flawed programs designed to reduce addiction and overdoses. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 31, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Pain-Relieving Drugs Fentanyl Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Food and Drug Administration your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

"It's like super structural" - Overdose experiences of youth who use drugs and police in three non-metropolitan cities across British Columbia - Selfridge M, Greer A, Card KG, Macdonald S, Pauly B.
INTRODUCTION: Youth who use drugs (YWUD) are vulnerable to experience or encounter drug related overdose deaths. Fentanyl has increased the risks, calling greater attention to overdose. In response, there have been increases in harm reduction services and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Hidden Fentanyl Prompts Call for Routine Screening in EDs Hidden Fentanyl Prompts Call for Routine Screening in EDs
Military veterans visiting a VA hospital psychiatric emergency department tested positive for fentanyl, even though they were not taking opioids, suggesting fentanyl screening should become routine.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - December 16, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

MLB Removes Marijuana From'Drugs of Abuse', to Test Major League Players for Opioids MLB Removes Marijuana From'Drugs of Abuse', to Test Major League Players for Opioids
Major League Baseball (MLB) will remove marijuana from its list of banned substances and players who test positive for opioids, fentanyl, cocaine and synthetic THC under random drug tests will be referred for treatment before being disciplined, the league's updated drug policy announced on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - December 14, 2019 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Dynamic changes in prescription opioids from 2006 to 2017 in Texas - Ighodaro EO, McCall KL, Chung DY, Nichols SD, Piper BJ.
BACKGROUND: The US is experiencing an epidemic of opioid overdoses which may be at least partially due to an over-reliance on opioid analgesics in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain and subsequent escalation to heroin or illicit fentanyl. As Texas wa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Woman's emotional post about brother-in-law's fatal overdose from cocaine and fentanyl goes viral 
Chris Pennington, 35, of Michigan, passed away on June 1 after a fatal overdose from cocaine laced with fentanly. His sister-in-law Nichole Cicotte shared a photo of the family saying goodbye. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New York Doctor Convicted of Taking Kickbacks From Opioid Maker Insys New York Doctor Convicted of Taking Kickbacks From Opioid Maker Insys
A New York doctor was convicted on Thursday of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing his patients an addictive fentanyl spray the drug manufacturer produced.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - December 6, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

New York doctor convicted of taking kickbacks from opioid maker Insys
A New York doctor was convicted on Thursday of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing his patients an addictive fentanyl spray the drug manufacturer produced. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Chronic opioid treatment may raise risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, study finds
While opioids are often prescribed to treat people with trauma-related pain, a new UCLA-led study suggests doctors should use caution before prescribing the drug to those they believe may experience severe stress in the future, in order to reduce the risk the patient will develop PTSD.In the study, researchers administered doses of the opioid morphine to a group of 22 mice for one week, then gave the mice relatively strong foot shocks. After the morphine wore off, the mice were given mild electric foot shocks. These mice showed a substantially longer “freezing response” than a second, control group of 24 mice t...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 3, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

The fentanyl epidemic in Estonia: opportunities for a comprehensive public health response - Uusk üla A, Jarlais DD, Vorobjov S.
Jo Kimber and colleagues have announced a public health crisis in response to the record number of drug-related overdoses in Scotland, England, and Wales. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl emerged in Estonia in 2003, and, within a year, replaced heroin a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Doctor Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes To Prescribe Powerful Opioid Fentanyl
In his guilty plea, Sun admitted that between 2012 to 2016 he conspired with Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company based in Arizona, to get $140,000 in bribes and kickbacks. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 27, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Clary Estes, Contributor Source Type: news

Europe and UK are spiralling towards a drugs overdose epidemic, study warns
Experts say the influx of the opiate, as well as a surge in the number of copycat drugs like fentanyl, could trigger an explosion in the number of overdoses across Europe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A ‘Rare Case Where Racial Biases’ Protected African-Americans
Fewer opioid prescriptions meant fewer deaths (possibly 14,000), but the episode also reveals how prevalent and harmful stereotypes can be, even if implicit. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Austin Frakt and Toni Monkovic Tags: Blacks Opioids and Opiates Drug Abuse and Traffic Whites Deaths (Fatalities) Discrimination Fentanyl Heroin Source Type: news

Leveraging crowdsourcing methods to collect qualitative data in addiction science: narratives of non-medical prescription opioid, heroin, and fentanyl use - Strickland JC, Victor GA.
BACKGROUND: Online crowdsourcing methods have proved useful for studies of diverse designs in the behavioral and addiction sciences. The remote and online setting of crowdsourcing research may provide easier access to unique participant populations and imp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The role of mathematical modelling in aiding public health policy decision-making: a case study of the BC opioid overdose emergency - Irvine MA, McGowan R, Hammond K, Davison C, Coombs D, Gilbert M.
The province of British Columbia is currently experiencing the highest rate of apparent opioid-related deaths within Canada. This dramatic increase in overdose deaths has been primarily driven by the increase of fentanyl and fentanyl-analogues within the u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

14,000 Lives: ‘Rare Case Where Racial Biases’ Protected Blacks
Fewer opioid prescriptions meant fewer deaths, but the episode also reveals how prevalent and harmful biases can be, even if implicit. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Austin Frakt and Toni Monkovic Tags: Blacks Opioids and Opiates Drug Abuse and Traffic Whites Deaths (Fatalities) Discrimination Fentanyl Heroin Source Type: news

Southern District of Illinois Secures Conviction of Second Dark Web Drug Trafficker
Southern District, Illinois, conviction, dark web, drug trafficker, Drug Llama, conspiracy, guilty plea, drug trafficking, fentanyl, money laundering, death, Melissa Scanlan, East St. Louis IL, Brandon Arias, San Diego CA, counterfeit drugs, misbranded drugs, Dream Market, narcotics, Mexican cartel (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - November 21, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Neighborhood matters for fentanyl-involved overdose deaths
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Fentanyl overdoses cluster geographically more than non-fentanyl overdoses, according to a Columbia study, and are concentrated in resource deprived neighborhoods over and above what data show for opioid and polydrug overdoses. This is one of few studies to examine the local geographic distribution of drug overdoses and associated neighborhood-level risk factors. The researchers examined geographic trends in the distribution of fentanyl-involved overdose deaths in Cook County, Ill, the second most populous county in the US. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cleaning Up After My Brother ’s Fatal Overdose
The mark he left in the world was his bloodstain. I hired a trauma cleaning company to erase it. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amber Cowie Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Fentanyl Opioids and Opiates Methamphetamines Families and Family Life Source Type: news

Illicit fentanyl, carfentanil could be fueling opioid deaths
New research in Ohio links increasing presence of prescription painkillers fentanyl and carfentanil in drug seizures by law enforcement with a rise in opioid-overdose deaths in the state. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S.-China opioid smuggling bust could speed trade deal
In a boost for trade talks, law enforcement officials from both countries joined forces to halt fentanyl shipments (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China, U.S. to disclose details of rare cooperation against fentanyl drug scourge
Drug law enforcement officers from China and the United States will jointly brief the media on Thursday on a fentanyl smuggling case, in an unusual disclosure of rare Sino-U.S. cooperation in cracking down on fentanyl crimes. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mexico's drug gangs churning out deadly fentanyl-laced pills: DEA
Mexican drug cartels are making "mass quantities" of fake prescription pills containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl with the intention of selling them to users throughout North America, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

'Opioidphobia' stigmatizes chronic pain sufferers, expert says
Almost 13,000 people died in 2018, the vast majority from illicit fentanyl use. However, medicinal dependency on opioids has also been a problem for a long time. Many doctors have prescribed them for patients who suffer from chronic pain — an affliction that affects one in five Canadians. Doctors have started to reduce the pills, but it may leave some sufferers feeling stigmatized and in pain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news