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Posted on: April 5, 2018

Individuals Need To Carry Life-Saving OD Med

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Many paramedics and police officers carry an “Opioid Overdose Kit” as part of their standard-issue equipment. The Surgeon General is urging more Americans to acquire the same life-saving medication these first responders give overdose victims: Naloxone.

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Posted on: March 30, 2018

OD Deaths Increase 21.5%

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An average of 174 Americans per day — about one every eight minutes and 20 seconds — lost their lives due to drug overdoses in 2016. The death toll for the year was staggering: 63,632. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths involved an opioid.

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Posted on: March 8, 2018

Opioid Crisis Worsening

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In 2016 opioid overdoses—from prescription medications, illicit drugs or a combination of both—killed 63,632 people in the U.S., a 21.4% increase compared to 2015. From July 2016 through September 2017, opioid overdoses rose more than 30% nationwide.

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

From Prescription Drugs To Heroin Addiction

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In the 1960s, 80% of people who became opioid addicts were first exposed to the drug through using heroin. Today, 75% first get hooked on opioids through a prescription drug—then start using heroin, which is often less expensive than prescription drugs.

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