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International Overdose Awareness Day
International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time to remember those we lost to drugs over the years and a time to act to make a difference for people struggling with addiction. This day was first recognized in 2001 after a conversation between Sally J. Finn, who ...

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Blog posts in August 2018

  • More Americans Say Drugs Caused Family Problems

    Significantly more American families say drug abuse is causing family problems than they did back in 2005, says a new Gallup poll. The latest survey ...

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  • Are Anti-Anxiety Drugs the Next Epidemic? 

    If you've been following the news about the opioid epidemic, you might have seen a recent CNBC article declaring that anti-anxiety medications - ...

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  • Clinicians Prescribe 10% Fewer Opioids After Learning of a Patient's Fatal Overdose

    Ever wonder how doctors feel when they hear that a patient they prescribed opioids for has died of an overdose? In light of the current opioid ...

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  • Opioid Crisis Fueled Record Drug Deaths in 2017: CDC

    A new, provisional study from the CDC says the opioid epidemic across the U.S. fueled a record number of deaths from drug overdoses in 2017. The death ...

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  • New Study Shows Risk of Long-Term Opiate Use Nearly Triples Following Removal of Wisdom Teeth

    A recent study conducted at the University of Michigan found that people who take opioids after having their wisdom teeth removed are nearly three ...

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  • U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Aren't Falling, Says New Study

    A new study from the Mayo Clinic says the number of opioid prescriptions across the U.S. have not declined, and in fact have remained relatively ...

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  • Fentanyl Deaths Have Doubled in 10 States, but Speeded Forensic Data-Sharing May Help

    The epidemic of opioid overdose deaths across America has not responded to most efforts to slow it down, never mind stop it for good. The major reason ...

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  • Nearly Half of All Millennials Know Someone Affected By Opioids

    Approximately 42 percent of millennials reportedly know someone dealing with an addiction to opioids personally according to a recent NBC ...

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  • Could Lower Opioid Prescribing Be Due to Legalization of Medical Marijuana?

    A pair of studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that recent reductions in opioid prescribing could be the result of the recent medical ...

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