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Opioid Use Driving Force Behind Higher Disability Rates in Some States

Despite the relatively booming economy, many states are reporting a decrease in the availability of labor. Research shows that there seems to be a correlation between the decrease in labor availability and the rise in opioid prescriptions. Some states, such as Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia are reporting a particularly high correlation, leading to claims …

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Ongoing Research at University of Michigan Shows No Easy Fix for Opioid Crisis

While most people acknowledge the existence of an opioid crisis in the United States, few seem to be aware of just how extensive this crisis actually is. The current opioid-related death rate means that on average, five people die of opioid abuse each and every hour in our country. That really is staggering, no matter …

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Washington County Approves Opiates for Inmates

Two weeks into January this year the Washington state Heath Care Authority approved a contractual agreement with Jefferson County commissioners that will initiate the county jail as a medical care facility for inmates suffering from opiate dependency. This agreement also facilitates the Olympic Peninsula Health Services (OPHS) to provide services for opiate addicts, and will …

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How the Government Shutdown is Impacting the Opiate Crisis

Concerns have been raised over how President Donald Trump’s latest government shutdown is affecting the current opiate crisis, with conflicting statements issued by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). DEA Feeling the Effects of the Government Shutdown The issue surrounds the prescription of the drug Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination …

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New Laws in California Aimed at Curbing Opioid Crisis

According to figures released by the California Department of Public Health, around 2,000 California residents die each year from opioid overdoses. In order to help curb those numbers, former governor Jerry Brown has signed several pieces of legislation into law. Here is a quick rundown of some of those new laws. Reducing Painkiller Prescriptions Fraudulent …

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What is Narcan 2 and How Can It Help Overdose Victims?

You may think that once someone has overdosed on an opioid and has been brought back from the brink of death, that would be sufficient to persuade them that enough is enough, and that it is time that they seek treatment for their addiction. Sadly, this is not the case. Most people who overdose on …

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How Arizona is Beginning to Successfully Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

It’s long been agreed that there are two main ways of treating the current opioid epidemic in the United States. The first is the regulation of suppliers in order to protect consumers, and the second is the intervention of the government to help people cope with the addiction. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees that either or …

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Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

Opiates are very effective at pain relief. So effective in fact that they have been used as pain relief for centuries. Modern advances in chemistry have now created opiate-based medicines that are more effective than they ever have been, but there is one major issue – opiates are very, very addictive. Before we examine what …

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