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Archive for December, 2016

Opioid epidemic fueling sharp increase in drug-dependent newborns, study reports

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The increased use of opioid painkillers by pregnant women has led to a drastic increase in the number of drug-dependent newborns in the U.S., a recent study has found. According to the report published in JAMA Pediatrics, the high number of drug-dependent newborns born in the U.S. is straining hospital resources, especially in rural areas where opioid abuse is increasingly common. (more…)

More Americans use opioid painkillers than tobacco products, federal study finds

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

More Americans used opioid painkillers in the last year than tobacco products, a recent federal study has found. The results of the study, released by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, highlight the continuing danger that the epidemic of opioid painkiller overprescription poses for U.S. patients. (more…)