Health

Model to predict drug overdose deaths in US

For two decades, the number of Americans who die each year from drug overdoses has steadily risen, from less than 20,000 in 1999 to more than 80,000 in 2020. By studying patterns of these drug-related fatalities, researchers ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

U.S. overdose deaths have soared during COVID-19 pandemic

There were more than 87,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States from October 2019 to September 2020, the highest of any one-year period since the nation's opioid crisis began in the 1990s, preliminary government data ...

Addiction

Drug overdose deaths generally higher in urban counties

(HealthDay)—From 1999 to 2019, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths increased in urban and rural counties, with rates generally higher in urban counties, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers ...

Addiction

Pandemic-consumed US relapses in drug addiction

Beverly Veres' two sons are addicted to heroin but can't get the help they need, with US health services consumed by the coronavirus pandemic at a time when overdoses are surging.

Addiction

Study finds unintended consequences of state, opioid policies

In response to the increase in opioid overdose deaths in the United States, many states have implemented supply-controlling and harm-reduction policy measures aimed at reducing those deaths. But a recent study from Indiana ...

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