Opioid Abuse Rises When Prescriptions Are Renewed

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 -- How long you take opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids you take, researchers report. The new study included more than 560,000 people who were prescribed opioids such as OxyContin or Percocet after surgery. None had a history of recent or chronic opioid use. Each additional week of opioid use increased the risk for addiction or nonfatal overdose by 20 percent, the study found. Each additional refill increased the risk by 44 percent. The first refill more than doubled the risk, according to the study. Dosage proved to be far less of a risk factor for addiction or overdose, defined by the researchers as misuse. In fact, the study authors said that […]

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Did You Know?

  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, consistent marijuana use that starts in adolescence is associated with a loss of IQ points in the early adult years.

Majority of Opioid Calls Concentrated in East Coast States, California, and Texas

Click here to read about the "Number of Calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers Involving Human Exposure to Opioids, January 1, 2017–November 30, 2017" in Issue 6 of NDEWS news.

A federal court found that the tobacco industry engaged in fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering.

  BIG NEWS: A federal court found that the tobacco industry engaged in fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering. And it ordered them to run television and newspaper ads telling the truth about their deadly products - after decades of lies to the American people.   This victory is the result of a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice with the help of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund and partners. The industry fought us in court for 18 years. They ended their appeals this year. Now, the ads will finally run in about 50 newspapers and for a year on the major television networks. Here's a very small sample of what the ads say: Altria, R.J. […]

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