The most recent data shows that roughly 23.5 million Americans are struggling with addiction. This number has slowly grown over the last couple years. The White House seems to have made some progress in combatting this by putting in requests for more government spending. However, much of the public feels that the Trump administration’s impact on the opioid crisis has been minimal. The action that it has taken against the opioid crisis so far dates back to March of last year. This was near the end of Trump’s first 100 days as President of the United States. Here is what the Trump administration has accomplished— or at least set in motion— over the last few months.
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Cesarean sections, more commonly called C-sections, are the most common inpatient surgery in American hospitals. Studies have shown that roughly 1.3 million expectant mothers have this procedure every year. Following this procedure, it’s not unusual for doctors to prescribe opioid painkillers for mothers recovering from surgery.
Prescriptions drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone are the standard for managing discomfort following a C-section. However, the number of pills prescribed depends entirely on the provider. This means that the amount of opioid medication prescribed for pain management may be disproportional to what patients need.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with several state public health and regulatory offices, are investigating the cause of a multistate Salmonella outbreak.
The outbreak is thought to have started between October 2017 and January of this year. A reported total of 28 people— from 20 different states— have contracted a strain of salmonella I as of February 16, 2018. While there have been 11 cases of hospitalization, there have been no deaths so far.
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The opioid crisis was recently labeled a national health emergency. More than 240,000 people have died between 1999 and 2017. About 65,094 have died in the last year alone. As opioid overdose rates continue to rise higher than they’ve ever been, experts in science and medicine are scrambling to find a solution that will effectively turn the tide of the opioid crisis. Thankfully, one team of scientists in London may have found one. This team developed a nasal spray that relieves pain without the risk of opioid dependence or potential overdose in patients.
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On January 26th, 2018, barely one month into the New Year, the community of St. Lucie County witnessed one of the biggest drug busts in Florida’s recent history. Operation Big Mi-Steak, a lengthy joint-effort investigation by local law enforcement and several government agencies, saw to the takedown of dozens at a Steak ‘n Shake located off Okeechobee Road. It was here that authorities discovered a small group of drug dealers distributing a variety of illicit substances to their customers under the guise of regular restaurant operations. A total of 42 people, including 15 drug dealers, were arrested.
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The opioid crisis has caused considerable physical, emotional, and financial strain on the people of the United States. Local governments from cities across the country have already begun filing lawsuits against Big Pharma’s most influential and allegedly corrupt businesses. Back in late December 2017, the official representatives of Delray Beach announced that they’re entering the ring as well. The city’s people and its leaders are demanding accountability and compensation from the drug makers that play a part in the opioid crisis. So far, Delray Beach is the first city in Florida to take Big Pharma to court.
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Premature aging is a side effect related to a number of poor habits. Still, many don’t seem to realize just how much it can be exacerbated by the abuse of drugs or alcohol. However, what most people don’t know about premature aging is that it can more than a skin-deep issue. Addiction-based premature aging has more to do with longevity and quality of life than it does with appearances. Here are just a few examples of the effects that substance abuse and addiction can have on the normal aging process.
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Having a baby is one of the most magical things that can happen to a happy couple. However, some of the changes that come with giving birth can be hard on women. One of these changes is commonly called “the baby blues,” or feelings of fatigue and even sadness. The rollercoaster of hormones that new mothers experience is often a significant contributor to the baby blues. Thankfully the baby blues are generally temporary. However, some women experience symptoms after giving birth that exceeds a simple case of the baby blues. When normal post-pregnancy feelings tread into discernible postpartum depression, this can lead to a variety of other health complications and poor decision-making. Unfortunately, this can include the onset of substance abuse.
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America is currently facing one of the biggest crises the medical world has ever seen— the opioid overdose epidemic. So far, drug overdose death rates are steadily increasing, with a total of 52,000 deaths in as recent as 2016. Of those, more than 20,000 were the result of prescription opioid misuse. Today, the Kaiser Family Foundation has determined through polling that 66% (two-thirds) of the American population consider prescription drug abuse a severe problem that requires more attention. With this in mind, it’s of vital importance that we better understand and utilize any medical tools that can help prevent overdose and slow the death count. Thankfully, we have one: naloxone. Here are some need-to-know facts about the life-saving, overdose-reversing drug.
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John Skipper joined ESPN and Disney (ESPN’s parent company) in 1997, starting out as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine. After several years of establishing himself as one of the most recognizable figures in sports and media, he was promoted to president of ESPN in January of 2012. Recently, Skipper extended his contract with ESPN and was expected to have secured this position through to 2021. However, this didn’t turn out to be the case. A few weeks ago on December 18, 2017, Skipper submitted his resignation in a shocking public announcement that took thousands of people by surprise: he was leaving ESPN to seek addiction treatment.
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