I saw a headline yesterday that read “City with the Most Per Capita Overdose Deaths in the Nation Begins to Recover.” It caught my eye.
A recent analysis of drug overdose deaths shows a shocking increase in the number of older American women who are lost to overdoses of prescription opioids or even heroin and fentanyl. It’s vital to understand how this happens so these losses can be prevented.
Most of the time, when someone overdoses on drugs, they are taken to a hospital which treats the overdose. Of course, this is what happens when the addict is around someone who can call 911. But what happens when the patient recovers from the overdose?
Excessive alcohol consumption is killing more people than drug overdoses, but you see almost nothing about this problem in the headlines. We take a closer look at the depth of this challenge to social and individual health.
When I first saw the tagline, “Facing an overdose epidemic, some ERs now offer addiction treatment” on the Washington Post’ s front page, I was pleasantly surprised. ERs offering addiction treatment services? This was good news! Then I opened the article and started reading it.
Addie, a curious and energetic lab, loves food (what dog doesn’t) and getting into things. So when Leslie Reynolds’ daughter dropped her bag on a chair, Addie smelled the gummy worms and got into her bag… and also a bottle of oxycodone.