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Have Insurers Played a Role in Opioid Crisis?

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FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 – Health insurers may have helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic by not encouraging use of less addictive pain medications, a new study contends. In 2016, more than 2.1 million Americans had an opioid addiction. And more than 42,000 died from opioid overdoses, government data show. "Our findings suggest that both public and private insurers, at least unwittingly, have ...

Trump Carried Counties With High Opioid Use: Study

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FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 – U.S. counties with high rates of prescription painkiller use voted heavily in favor of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, a new study finds. Researchers found that, on average, Trump got about 60 percent of the vote in counties with the greatest use of prescription opioids – drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin. That was in contrast to counties with ...

If Opioid Addicts Survive OD, Other Hazards Lie Ahead: Study

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WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – Survivors of an opioid overdose may consider themselves lucky, but they remain at heightened risk of dying – not just from drugs, but from a host of medical problems or suicide, a new study finds. Compared with the general population, patients who lived through an opioid overdose were 130 times more likely to die of drug-use-related causes in the following year, the ...

Sex, Drugs Hold Less Allure for Today's High Schoolers

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THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Today's teens are a much tamer lot, a new U.S. government survey finds. Fewer high school students are turning to sex or drugs, with the 2017 rates the lowest reported since the survey began in 1991, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The health of our youth reflects the nation's well-being," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said ...

High Schoolers on Heroin Abuse Other Drugs, Too

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TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 – High school seniors hooked on heroin are likely to misuse a multitude of other drugs, a new study finds. "It may be inadequate to focus on heroin and opioid use in isolation," said study author Joseph Palamar, an associate professor of population health at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. As the opioid epidemic continues unchecked in the United ...

More Teens Dying, With Drugs and Violence to Blame

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – A perfect storm of murder, addiction and carelessness has fueled a recent and troubling increase in deaths among U.S. children and teens, a new government report shows. The total death rate for those aged 10 to 19 rose 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, mostly due to an increase in deaths from accidental injury, homicide and suicide, researchers from the U.S. Centers for ...

Opioids Behind 1 in 5 Deaths of Young U.S. Adults

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 – Opioid overdoses are now to blame for one-fifth of deaths among young American adults, new research finds. The study is the latest to detail the toll of the national opioid epidemic. Researchers found that between 2001 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States more than quadrupled. By 2016, one in 65 deaths nationwide was linked to an opioid ...

Pot, Opioids Now Rival Alcohol as Factor in Driver Deaths

Posted 31 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Pot and opioids have become almost as deadly as booze for drivers, a new report shows. Forty-four percent of drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs in 2016, up from 28 percent 10 years prior, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Among drivers killed in car crashes in 2016 who tested positive for drugs, 38 percent had some form of ...

Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising

Posted 21 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 – The number of U.S. kids accidentally or intentionally overdosing on ADHD medications may be on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers found that between 2000 and 2011, there was a 71 percent increase in calls to U.S. poison control centers related to kids' ingestion of drugs prescribed for ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). After 2011, there was a small ...

Medical Marijuana Ads May Spur Teen Pot Use

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – Teens who watch more medical marijuana ads are more likely to smoke pot themselves, new research indicates. "Our findings suggest that increased exposure to medical marijuana advertising is associated with increased marijuana use and related negative consequences throughout adolescence," said study lead author Elizabeth D'Amico, of the RAND Corporation. "This work ...

More U.S. Parents Smoking Pot Around Kids

Posted 14 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 – Progress made in limiting kids' exposure to secondhand smoke could be undermined by the increasing popularity of pot, a new study suggests. "As we are removing cigarette smoke – and that's a major public policy achievement – that success will be attenuated by increasing exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke," said lead researcher Renee Goodwin. The numbers confirm the ...

Alcohol, Tobacco Cause More Health Harm Than Illegal Drugs

Posted 11 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 – It's smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol – and not taking illegal drugs – that pose the greatest risks to people's health, a new international study contends. Researchers found that alcohol and tobacco use combined cost more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life-years worldwide, while illegal drugs only accounted for tens of millions in comparison. ...

Could Vaping Lead Teens to Pot Smoking?

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to try marijuana in the future, especially if they start vaping at a younger age, a new study shows. More than 1 in 4 teenagers who reported e-cigarette use eventually progressed to smoking pot, according to the survey of more than 10,000 teens. That compared with just 8 percent of non-vapers, said lead researcher Hongying ...

FDA Cracks Down on Caffeine-Loaded Supplements

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has issued tough new restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements that contain dangerously high amounts of caffeine. Supplements that contain pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are no longer permitted to be sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers, the agency said. The new ...

Study Highlights Vast Health Differences Between States

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – How long you might live may depend on where you live. New research suggests that if you spend your days on a sunny Hawaiian island, your life expectancy is more than 81 years. Halfway across the country in Mississippi, however, you can count yourself lucky if you make it to 75. "In terms of health outcomes, the United States is not united," said Dr. Howard Koh, who ...

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