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Overdose deaths depend on the strength of medicines prescribed: Study

Overdose deaths depend on the strength of medicines prescribed: Study

The opioid overdose death is going up at an alarming rate in America, and the experts put the onus on doctors who prescribe painkillers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid painkiller prescriptions have quadrupled since 2000, with deaths from natural and semisynthetic prescription opioids rising 9 percent between 2013 and 2014. The CDC says that in 2014, opioid prescriptions resulted in 28,647 deaths (61 percent) of all drug overdose deaths. Continue reading

Heroin overdoses have quadrupled since 2002

Heroin overdoses have quadrupled since 2002

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced troubling new information about the current state of America’s heroin epidemic. According to their studies, heroin use has exploded since 2002, with large increases across both genders, most age ranges and all income levels. This highly addictive and harmful drug has caused upwards of 8,200 deaths by overdose in 2013 alone. A close examination of the CDC’s research can provide valuable insight into the problem as well as reveal opportunities to reverse the trend.

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