Leaders at the newly named Judy Retterath Withdrawal Management Center in Plymouth decided to expand their withdrawal management offerings because they saw an acute need for these services.
The latest drop in life expectancy may not seem that big, but it points to a deeply worrisome trend.
DFL Rep. Chris Eaton said she expects some kind of dedicated funding measure to pass early in the 2019 legislative session.“I think it is as close to a done deal as you can have at this point,” she said.
The misconceptions include beliefs that the greatest danger is to people living in urban areas and that that they themselves are not personally at risk.
Most high-income countries experienced a drop in life expectancy in 2015, but only the United States and the United Kingdom saw that troubling trend continue into 2016.
Among some groups of Medicare patients, the rate at which opioid prescriptions are being handed out by doctors is actually higher than it was 10 years ago.
The opioid epidemic is a community problem, but our communities are also the solution. Fortunately, tools are available to help prevent addiction before it starts and offer hope and recovery to those already suffering.
Public health experts warn that the opioid epidemic is in danger of creating a “public health disaster of historic proportions.”
Dr. Erin Krebs: “Even if you’ve tried some nonopioid medications, like some of the over-the-counter medicines, and they haven’t worked for you, opioids are not going to work better.”
The Midwest had the largest increase in opioid-overdose emergency-room visits over a 14-month period: 69.7 percent.
Overdose deaths are inherently suspicious and usually require a full autopsy — plus toxicology testing.
The findings support what many people have been saying for a long time: that opioid pain medications are overprescribed.
In 2016, about 38,000 Americans died from gun-related wounds — a death rate of about 12 per 100,000 people.
While mortality rates for many causes of death in the United States have been in decline overall, mortality related to things like drugs, alcohol and suicide have been rising.
Some counties seem to have gotten the message about reducing dependence on painkillers. Others, not so much.
Let this resurgence of methamphetamine serve as a reminder that even though a certain drug disappears from the headlines, it does not disappear from our streets.
Hepatitis C infections among pregnant women almost doubled between 2009 and 2014. Hepatitis C kills at least 20,000 Americans each year.
The consequences for babies born to women who use opioids during pregnancy can be devastating.
Opioid poisonings among toddlers jumped 205 percent. Among teens aged 15 to 19, such poisonings rose 176 percent.
The Legislature recently required doctors and pharmacists to sign up for the database. But they don’t have to check it.