More than 99K opioid deaths in U.S. may have gone unreported

Almost 72% of unclassified drug overdoses between 1999-2016 involved prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl. That's more than 99,000 additional deaths.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: overdose opioids united-states health-and-medicine deaths

Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs life-expectancy overdose mortality health-and-medicine deaths

Most people who need anti-overdose drug don’t get it

Naloxone can saves the lives of people who take high-dose opioids, but less than 2% of those who need it actually get it.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Jan. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: overdose heroin opioids health-and-medicine painkillers

When auto assembly plants close, opioid deaths rise

The closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to increases in deaths from opioid overdose, research finds.

Katie Delach-Penn • futurity
Dec. 31, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: death economics overdose opioids jobs united-states featured health-and-medicine

More teens are overdosing on benzos for anxiety

There's been a big rise in the number of teens taking and overdosing on benzodiazepines, common anti-anxiety medications.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: teenagers anxiety overdose childrens-health featured health-and-medicine medications

Map shows opioid crisis isn’t a single epidemic

The US is not facing a single opioid overdose epidemic. It's facing several different epidemics, researchers say.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: overdose opioids maps epidemics united-states featured health-and-medicine

Overdose death more likely after coming off opioids for pain

New findings on coming off opioids suggest "the policy recommendations intended to make opioid prescribing safer are not working as intended."

Bobbi Nodell-Washington • futurity
Sept. 6, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: death overdose pain physicians opioids featured health-and-medicine medications

Wearable prototype would detect overdose and deliver naloxone

Researchers are developing a wearable device, something like an insulin pump, to detect and treat opioid overdoses with naloxone.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Aug. 1, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: addiction overdose opioids medical-devices featured health-and-medicine wearable-devices medications

Opioid overdoses spike after cold snaps

After cold weather, deadly opioid overdoses go up, researchers report. There may be both biological and psychological reasons why.

Mollie Rappe-Brown • futurity
June 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: addiction overdose opioids temperature weather health-and-medicine

Most opioid users willing to use ‘safe consumption spaces’

Safe consumption spaces, also called safe injection facilities and overdose prevention sites, attempt to reduce the harms of opioid use disorders.

Mollie Rappe-Brown • futurity
June 11, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: addiction cities overdose opioids homelessness health-and-medicine

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