Drugs and Medicines

Is the opioid epidemic now the fentanyl epidemic?

Is the opioid epidemic now the fentanyl epidemic?

Doctors, once swayed by opioid manufacturer marketing, aren’t overprescribing opioids anymore — that’s all in the past. Right?

Wrong.

Opioid prescriptions, appropriate or not, are still driving overdose death rates — and records.

Opioid overdoses remain so high that they have contributed to an alarming drop in life expectancy in the United States (to 78.6 years from 78.7) according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And last year, a record was set for drug overdose deaths: 70,237 up from 63,632 in...

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