October 7, 2014

oxycodone: gateway to smack

1 Legal Opioids Tied to Rise in Heroin ODs

According to a new CDC report, opioid painkillers are being so over-prescribed these days that nearly 17,000 Americans die from overdoses each year. Moreover, a CDC study of mortality rates in 28 states for the years 2010 to 2012 indicates that the cost and complications of continuously obtaining prescription painkillers has contributed to a significant increase in the use of heroin, which is cheaper, easier to get, and often more powerful than the pharmaceuticals. In specific, as the rate of opioid overdoses fell from 6 deaths per 100,000 to 5.6 in those two years, deaths from heroin overdoses rose from 1 per 100,000 to 2.1. A survey of persons in heroin rehab programs found that 75 percent of those who began using the drug after 2000 were earlier abusers of prescription opioids.

More at Nydailynews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: States Act to Avoid Opioid Overdose Deaths

Tags: Gateway Drugs, Opioid Painkillers, Dangers of Opioid Drugs, Opioid Overdoses, Causes of Heroin Addiction

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First Fatality of Virus

2 Preschooler Dies in Sleep of Enterovirus

A preschooler in Hamilton Township, NJ is the first confirmed fatality from enterovirus D68, a virulent respiratory infection that’s affected people in 43 states. The boy, known only as Eli, was asymptomatic the night he died. "So the onset was very rapid, very sudden. And that's clearly the big difference (between enterovirus D68 and other strains)," said health officer Jeff Plunkett, Enterovirus commonly circulates in summer and fall and affects 10 to 15 million people each year says the CDC. This particular strain, however, has sent more children to the hospital with severe respiratory illnesses and is most dangerous to those with asthma or breathing problems. Enterovirus D68 has been linked to four other deaths but Eli’s case is the first in which it’s been cited as the cause of death.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Virus Sickens Dozens of Children in Midwest

Tags: Asthma, Breathing Problems, Centers for Disease Control, Respiratory Illness, Enterovirus D68, Enterovirus Fatality, Jeff Plunkett

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Others See Premiums Increase

3 Walmart Cuts Health Benefits for 30,000

Walmart, the largest private employer in the U.S., is eliminating health benefits for around 30,000 part-time employees who work for fewer than 30 hours weekly. The cuts apply to about 2 percent of Walmart's American workforce. CNN explains that the cuts came after more employees signed up for health benefits than the company had anticipated. Those employees who lost coverage through Walmart may now be eligible for subsidies from the government to be used on Obamacare exchanges. However, for those still covered by Walmart's health benefits, premiums will rise.

More at CNN Money | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Women to Get New Benefits under Obamacare

Tags: Health Insurance Premiums, Obamacare Health Plans, Walmart Health Benefits Cut, Obamacare Exchanges

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Police Mistake Okra for Cannabis

4 Georgia Man Gets Raided for Growing Okra

Dwayne Perry was only growing okra on his property in Cartersville, Georgia, but Bartow County deputies descended on his home in a raid that was conducted by the governor's drug task force. Apparently, okra looks like cannabis when viewed from the air in a police helicopter. Perry, who is retired, didn't appreciate the presence of the deputies, guns, drug dogs and police helicopters that were part of the supposed raid. The confusion isn't easy to understand. Okra plants have only five leaflets per plant, while cannabis plants typically have seven or nine.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mother Gave Autistic Son Cannabis

Tags: Cannabis Plants, Marijuana Plants, Okra Mistaken for Cannabis, Police Mistakes

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