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Posts Tagged ‘prescription painkillers’

Synthetic opioids fuel a record 49,000 deaths from painkillers in 2017, CDC reports

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A record number of nearly 50,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2017, according to new estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said that the majority of the increase in painkiller overdoses between 2016 and 2017 was caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. (more…)

President Trump says U.S. opioid epidemic is a ‘health emergency’

Monday, November 13th, 2017

President Donald Trump called on the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency and to take steps to combat the epidemic of addiction and overdose caused by prescription painkillers. As part of the announcement, the President directed federal health agencies to begin taking new steps to combat the opioid epidemic, which has ravaged the U.S. over the past two decades. (more…)