For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped. It is not hard to understand why: In 2016, there was a 21 percent rise in the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses, with opioids causing two-thirds of them. Last year, the opioid epidemic killed 42,000 people, more than died of AIDS in any year at the height of the crisis. “We should take it very seriously,” Bob Anderson, chief of the Mortality Statistics Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics, told my colleagues Lenny Bernstein and Christopher Ingraham. “If you look at the other developed countries in the world, they’re not seeing this kind of thing. Life expectancy is going up.” In other words: In no other developed country are people taking and dying from opioids at the rates they are in the United States. We have about 4 percent of the world's population but about 27 percent of the world's drug-overdose deaths. What … [Read more...] about Opioid abuse in the U.S. is so bad it’s lowering life expectancy. Why hasn’t the epidemic hit other countries?
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For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped. It is not hard to understand why: In 2016, there was a 21 percent rise in the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses, with opioids causing two-thirds of them. Last year, the opioid epidemic killed 42,000 people, more than died of AIDS in any year at the height of the crisis. “We should take it very seriously,” Bob Anderson, chief of the Mortality Statistics Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics, told my colleagues Lenny Bernstein and Christopher Ingraham. “If you look at the other developed countries in the world, they’re not seeing this kind of thing. Life expectancy is going up.” In other words: In no other developed country are people taking and dying from opioids at the rates they are in the United States. We have about 4 percent of the world's population but about 27 percent of the world's drug-overdose deaths. What … [Read more...] about Opioid abuse in the United States is so bad it is lowering our life expectancy. Why hasn’t the epidemic hit other countries?
I was walking past, and happened to see him behind the partially drawn curtain. There he was, lying on the gurney, head back, mouth gaping. White, 25, covered in tattoos, not breathing, his lips a fine pale blue. We ran into the room. The nurse pushed Narcan, a drug that reverses opiates. And 30 seconds later he woke up as if a switch had been flipped. Narcan is like magic; it literally raises people from the dead. NEW YORK STATE TO SPEND $166 MILLION TO FIGHT ADDICTION “What are you doing?” he said, ripping off his oxygen mask. Paramedics had been called for a heroin overdose in a park. They’d given him Narcan. He woke up. They’d taken him to the ER, where he’d been put in a cubicle. Someone had partially drawn the curtain. He should have been on the monitor, but wasn’t. He waited. And then the Narcan had worn off. Heroin lasts longer than Narcan. So he’d stopped breathing again, when no one was watching. This is why heroin … [Read more...] about United States of Chronic Pain: How a shift in health-care delivery and Big Pharma’s hunger for profits have driven the opioid epidemic
WASHINGTON — A top public health official warned Thursday the nation’s opioid epidemic is showing no signs of abating.“It is one of the few public health problems that is getting worse instead of better,” said Dr. Debra Houry, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.Houry and public health officials testifying at a Senate hearing described an addiction crisis that has spiraled so out of control that it is far beyond the scope of any particular agency to address.“We need all hands on deck,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.Officials from four federal health agencies delivered their dire assessment of the opioid epidemic during the first in a series of hearings before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.“The opioid crisis is tearing our communities apart, tearing families apart, and posing an enormous … [Read more...] about Opioid epidemic ‘getting worse instead of better,’ public health officials warn
PENNSAUKEN - Opioid addiction has taken "some of our best to the grave," said Monsignor Michael Mannion. Struck by the number of drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2015 — more than 52,000 — Mannion noted the figure nearly equals the number of American service members who died in combat during the Vietnam War."This is not a crisis," said Mannion, director of community relations for the Camden Diocese. "This is an epidemic." More: Kennedy focuses on opioid-seeking patients In response, a group of sponsors led by the diocese will host a free community forum focusing on opioid addiction and prevention Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Camden Catholic High School, 300 Cuthbert Blvd. The program will feature an agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, followed by a panel discussion that will include a pharmacist and a parent who lost a child to addiction. The forum will … [Read more...] about Camden Diocese forum to target opioid ‘epidemic’
Editor’s note: When Dr. Patrick originally wrote his op-ed in May, he was responding to news coverage of then-alleged forthcoming budget cuts. The Tennessean published the op-ed in July and National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Richard Baum responded to this op-ed shortly after the Tennessean published it.I was first introduced to the opioid epidemic through my patients — newborns having drug withdrawal after birth.Drug withdrawal in an infant was a rare diagnosis just a few years ago, but today one infant is born every 25 minutes nationwide with the condition, often with tremors, difficulties with eating and sleeping, and lots of irritability.These opioid-withdrawing infants are the youngest warnings of a much larger problem: our friends, family and neighbors are dying from overdoses at a rate we have not seen before. The opioid pain reliever, heroin, and now fentanyl epidemics claimed the lives of more than 33,000 Americans and 1,400 … [Read more...] about Why the United States needs a national drug policy
The surging opioid epidemic in the United States is increasingly affecting some of the country's most vulnerable citizens: newborn babies.A study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data in 28 states, reveals that babies born dependent on drugs increased 300% between 1999 and 2013. The babies, born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), experience withdrawal at birth. They often suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, feeding difficulties and sometimes respiratory distress.NAS is most often the result of opioid exposure, and the increase in NAS rates coincides with the ongoing heroin epidemic and the increase in the supply of prescription opioids. A CDC study released last month found that heroin addiction among women doubled from 2011 to 2014 compared with 2002 to 2004. Additionally, the CDC says the sale of prescription opioids nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2014."NAS is an indicator of the … [Read more...] about Study: Opioid epidemic increasingly reaching newborn babies
America is addicted and dying from drug overdoses. Arizona is anchored squarely in this dysfunctional new reality.There’s a lot of talk about who is to blame for the epidemic of opioid deaths.There’s a bigger need to ask how our culture enabled this crisis.Round up the usual suspects.Our pharmaceutical companies got us here.Our doctors got us here.Our desire to escape reality got us here.Let’s look at them one by one:Pharmaceutical companies made a lot of money selling opioid painkillers, and some say they did so without regard to the dangers.On May 31, Ohio filed suit against five pharmaceutical companies saying drug makers spent “millions of dollars on promotional activities and materials that falsely deny or trivialize the risks of opioids while overstating the benefits of using them for chronic pain.”A similar suit was filed in Mississippi in 2015, and other states, cities and counties have started litigation.Some people draw parallels with the … [Read more...] about Our View: What the opioid epidemic says about us
Opioid addiction challenges many facets of American society — public health, social policy, the criminal justice system, families and schools — and no ethnic or socioeconomic group is immune. In fact, 44% of Americans say they know a prescription-drug addict. This epidemic has entered the homes of law enforcement officers as well, affecting the families of the very people tasked with policing the problem.According to the Department of Health and Human Services, "Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States."To fix the problem, police departments need to strengthen communities through a focus on accountability and reform of the criminal justice system. But public health officials also need to promote positive choices for our citizens. Related content: POLICING THE USA: A look at race, justice, media Police officers across the country have witnessed the devastating effects of opioid … [Read more...] about Reform more than criminal justice to end opioid epidemic: Column
BRICK - The township could soon join a growing number of state and local governments suing opioid manufacturers, claiming the companies misrepresented the dangers of their products.If approved by Township Council, the law firm Motley Rice LLC of Washington, D.C. will represent Brick in a lawsuit against drug makers, at no cost to the town. Instead, the firm will take a percentage of any settlement money the township may receive.Motley Rice is also representing Toms River in the lawsuit.The move follows a rising number of drug overdoses in Brick, from 69 in 2014 to 212 in 2016, Mayor John G. Ducey said in a news release. “While we will continue our efforts to attack the heroin problem through treatment and aggressive law enforcement, we also will hold the manufacturers accountable for telling doctors and patients that opioids are not addictive. They know that’s not true," Ducey said in the news release. … [Read more...] about Brick plans to sue drugmakers over opioid epidemic