St. Louis County Trying New Strategy to Combat Opioid Abuse – U.S. News & World Report – June 11, 2018
The St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Department, with support from the Minnesota Department of Health, is working to decrease the supply of opioids in the area by promoting safe disposal of unused medication. Read More.
Opioid Epidemic is Deadlier Than the Vietnam War in ’68, Study Says – The Washington Post – June 7, 2018
Slightly less than 1 percent of all Americans who died in 1968 lost their lives while serving in the Vietnam War. Yet even the toll of that conflict’s bloodiest year was less significant than that being caused by the opioid epidemic. Read More.
Public Perception is Tough to Overcome in Battle Against Opioid Addiction – Modern Healthcare – May 26, 2018
Despite opioid abuse having dominated headlines for nearly two years, Americans remain skeptical about categorizing drug misuse as a medical condition.
Unseen Face of the Opioid Epidemic: Drug Abuse Among the Elderly Grows – The Washington Post – May 25, 2018
The face of the nation’s opioid epidemic increasingly is gray and wrinkled. But that face often is overlooked in a crisis that frequently focuses on the young.
One out of five Americans say they personally know someone who has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new report about the economic well-being of U.S. households.
Policymakers and the public are acutely aware that the powerful opioid fentanyl has significantly worsened the country’s opioid epidemic, accounting for almost 20,000 deaths in 2016.
As the opioid epidemic rages on, many still have misconceptions about what heroin really does—and how we can end the crisis.
3.5 million opioid prescriptions were written in Minnesota in 2016, and at least half of those pills ended up in the wrong hands, according to the Department of Human Services.
FDA Approves First Nonopioid Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms – Wall Street Journal – May 16, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first nonopioid treatment to help adults manage opioid withdrawal symptoms as the agency looks to continue to encourage the development of therapies to help patients suffering from addiction. Read More.
A spike in opioid overdoses in Minnesota has been called a medical epidemic, but a new surge in deaths related to counterfeit fentanyl has officials using another description. Homicide.