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The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time. To many, it looks like the constant search for pleasure.

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

The opioid epidemic is touching a much younger set of victims: children whose parents have substance abuse problems, who are increasingly being shuttled through the foster care system, unable to stay at home even as their parents struggle to get clean.

August 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

New numbers reveal huge disparities in opioid prescribing

Martinsville drugstores sell enough Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and other opioid painkillers to medicate every man, woman and child in the city for 136 days, nearly seven times the national average.

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
37 opioid overdoses reported within 7 days in Snohomish County

37 opioid overdoses reported within 7 days in Snohomish County

Overdoses were predominantly related to heroin. The youngest reported was 16 and the oldest was 52, with half of the overdoses being 21-30 years old.

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and has been declining gradually since then. Still, the amount in 2015 is three times higher than at the turn of the century, they said.

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

There are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs. But this help can be expensive, and waiting lists for state and city-funded programs are often extremely long. So can detoxing on your own be the solution? In most cases, the answer is no.

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

Many medical examiners are working overtime and, in some places, they’re running out of refrigerated storage for bodies. When that happens, local officials typically borrow additional space at local funeral homes and hospitals, and in some cases, rent refrigerated trucks, he said. “Virtually every medical examiner’s office and toxicology laboratory in the U.S. has felt the impact of the opioid tsunami.”

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually, according to a new study. The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”

June 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

Amid an opioid addiction epidemic that is killing more than 90 Americans every day, there is a growing movement to make it easier for relatives and health care providers to quickly secure court orders to forcibly confine and treat people who are addicted to drugs.

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More