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Opioid Addiction Leads To Expensive Foster Care In Oregon

The opioid epidemic that is sweeping through the country has not spared the state of Oregon. It is particularly dire in the rural areas where people use a wide variety of drugs, and the communities are now feeling the effects. Most women who give birth while hooked on drugs have to give their children away because they can hardly take care of them. There are those who put the kids up for adoption, while others prefer to put them under foster care. However, there is a new problem; the cost of foster care has now risen thanks to the opioid..  - Read More

How Governor Christie Plans To Fight Opioid Addiction

A commission that is chaired by Gov. Chris Christie has released a preliminary report that requires President Donald Trump to declare opioid addiction a national emergency. In its report, the commission also wants the president to ensure that the Federal Government is put behind all the effort to fight this epidemic. This was arrived at after long hours of deliberations by the committee which was constituted after realizing that the situation was fast getting out of hand. They say that unless stern action is taken immediately, more lives will be lost in the near future than what has already been witnesses.Putting Full Weight Behind the Issue While noting..  - Read More

Heroin Epidemic Forces Grandmothers To Raise Grandchildren

Grandmothers are supposed to be enjoying their golden years. At their age, they have done their part in building the nation, and they deserve to rest and relax. They should be enjoying their retirement, and watching their children bring up their families. However, things are quite different in today’s America, and it is all thanks to the drug addiction problem. Grandmas have had to take care of their grandchildren because their parents do not have the capacity to do. Hooked on drugs, young parents can only watch helplessly as their families fall apart, and it has become an important role..  - Read More

The Opioid Epidemic In America Is Far Worse Than You Can Imagine

Solving a problem without understanding its magnitude is a  near impossible task. This is the reason America has been unable to effectively  fight the opioid epidemic. Over the years, the nation has been relying on false  data to plan how to mitigate this crisis. A recent study found out that the mortality  rates related to opioids in 2014 were 24% higher than what was reported. In the  same year, heroin mortality rates were actually 22% higher than what was quoted  in the statistics. Therefore, the government has been relying on false  information to plan for the effort to fight this..  - Read More

Local Leaders Make Joint Efforts To Address & Combat The Opioid Epdemic

Compared to 2013, the number of opioid-related deaths rose to almost twice as much last year. However, good things have also been happening, such as the amounts of opioids that have been prescribed has gone down and addiction treatment options have risen. According to Mercy Behavioral Health Care’s Vice President Dr. Robert Roose, federal and state government officials have been offering and providing tremendous support in order to address the opioid epidemic. Between 2015 and 2016, it apparently took just 15 months to bring down number of opiate prescriptions that had been administered during that period by 32%. Consequently, this..  - Read More

Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Foundation Are Working to Make the Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan More Widely Available and Affordable

Around 80% of the opioid supply on a global level is consumed in the US which makes up approximately 5% of the world population, according to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. With nearly 300 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers written in the US in 2015 alone, equaling a $24 billion market, the rampant use of prescription opiates in the nation points to a more sizeable gap between highly developed countries and the rest of the world. Vikesh Singh, associate professor of medicine at John Hopkins University stated that consumption of the world's opioid supply increases to 95%..  - Read More

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