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The number of opioid-related deaths in Michigan has hit an all-time high, requiring the resources of the state’s three major research universities and one of its largest health systems to tackle the problem.
In the most comprehensive international comparison of its kind, a USC study found that the United States has the highest drug overdose death rates among high-income countries.
Boston Medical Center pediatrician Scott Hadland sees firsthand the effect prescription opioids are having on local youths. He says many adolescents he treats for opioid issues were introduced through prescription drugs.
Close to 9,000 children and teens in the United States died from opioid poisonings over the last two decades, representing a nearly three-fold increase in mortality rates, Yale researchers said.
In a study of pregnancy-associated deaths of women from 2007 to 2016, researchers found that mortality involving opioids either during pregnancy or up to one year post-pregnancy more than doubled during that time.
“Within the opioid epidemic, there may be a hidden suicide epidemic,” Michigan State University researcher Jennifer Johnson said.
There is a strong link between depression and opioid-related deaths, according to a new study.
A national opioid epidemic is driving people from pills to heroin, filling emergency rooms with overdose cases, and killing tens of thousands of Americans every year. What are we doing about it?
Patients in their late teens and 20s had the highest risk of persistent use if they received opioids around the time of their extraction, a new study finds.
Licensed medical professionals face just as much risk of a substance use disorder as the general population, and they have a higher likelihood of opioid misuse, says an addiction expert.