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South Park Used Nursing Homes and a Killer Mike Rap to Hilariously Illustrate the Opioid Crisis

In the 21 years since OxyContin was introduced by the pharmaceutical industry, more than 200 thousand people have overdosed on the drug and other painkillers in the United States. And thousands more have died after transitioning from a prescription opioid to a street drug like heroin. It’s a dire public health crisis, and one that has largely bee… Entertainment – ...

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Study Examines Opioid Use in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

A new analysis indicates that the use of opioid pain medications in older US rheumatoid arthritis patients peaked in 2010 and is now declining slightly. By 2014, 41% of rheumatoid arthritis patients were regular opioid users. In the analysis of 2006-2014 Medicare data on 70,929 rheumatoid arthritis patients, the most commonly received opioids were hydrocodone and propoxyphene. Regular opioid use ...

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Better Medical Care Could Cut Opioid Deaths By One-Third

The Senate health care bill would slash Medicaid funding and waive essential benefit requirements that include addiction coverage, severely cutting back coverage most Americans now have for opioid addiction treatment. The changes would leave 22 million more Americans without health insurance by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office assessment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), lacking support to move ...

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More Than Half Of Opioid Prescriptions Go To People With Mental Illness

A staggering number of people with mental health conditions are prescribed opioids, according to a new study. Researchers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Michigan found that 51 percent of painkiller prescriptions are distributed to those who have also been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. The study authors are uncertain why people with these mental health disorders are using ...

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