addiction

Opiate addiction plagues U.S., but there is hope

U.S. heroin and prescription drug use is an epidemic that is spinning out of control. According to a report published by Reuters, there were more than 43,000 deaths in 2013, of which more than half involved either a prescription painkiller or heroin. That number has continued to rise each year. How do we, the U.S. population or even the healthcare community, allow this trend to continue? What is not publicized enough is the direct connection between prescription opiates and heroin.…

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A Deadly Addiction that Requires an Integrated Solution

Opiate addiction has been declared a public health crisis in many states. Nationwide, more than 100 people die from opiate-related overdoses each day. Some jurisdictions are even equipping emergency service providers with a drug called Narcan, which counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opiate overdose. But more needs to be done.

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