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CDC Reports Opioid Prescribing Rates Down Consistently Since 2010…Really?

July 10, 2017 9:21 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , , ,
CDC reports decline in opioid prescribing.

There is a strange new conversation to be had among addiction treatment professionals, lawmakers, prevention advocates and anyone else with a stake in the opioid epidemic currently consuming the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a report indicating that the number of opioid prescriptions written by physicians peaked in […]

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Drug Overdose Now the Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50

June 8, 2017 8:45 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , , ,
Graves signifying deaths from drug overdose.

The Office of the Attorney General reports that fatal drug overdose rates hit a new in 2016. They also report that this year’s spike represents the largest single-year increase in American history. In 2015, there were approximately 53,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States, up from the more than 47,000 the year prior. Preliminary […]

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Will Fentanyl Dealers Start Seeing More Accountability for Overdose Deaths?

April 13, 2017 6:14 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,

A Rhode Island woman was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder after she sold another woman fentanyl causing her to overdose almost immediately after the transaction. The woman who died thought she was buying heroin. The woman is the first in Rhode Island to be convicted of murder for selling drugs […]

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What Does 2017 Hold for Addiction Treatment?

January 2, 2017 6:29 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,

As we begin to settle into another year, it can be overwhelming to contemplate how quickly time passes, and to think about what we failed to accomplish the year prior. The passage of time can be even more overwhelming when we’re working against the ticking clock of addiction. Whether it is ourselves or a loved one that has come to need help for drugs or alcohol, we are quickly reminded of the urgent and decidedly terminal nature of addiction, and the damage it can cause when left unaddressed. To that end, it is worth turning the arrival of a new year to our advantage by examining what is (or should be) on the horizon for clinical treatment in 2017.

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