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Traumatic Brain Injury Tied to Later Opioid Use, Misuse

History of TBI tied to 52 percent increased odds of prescription opioid use, 65 percent increased odds of prescription opioid misuse

Animal Sedative Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs

In 2019, xylazine contributed to death in 64 percent of cases and almost always also involved fentanyl

Opioid Overdose Death Rates Worsening for Non-Hispanic Blacks

No significant change seen in overdose death rates overall from 2018 to 2019, but rate increased among non-Hispanic Blacks

State Limits on Initial Opioid Rx Duration May Influence Prescribing

Decreases in days of opioid prescribed for initial prescriptions in Medicare beneficiaries especially pronounced among surgeons, dentists

Opioid Tapering Tied to Higher Risk for Overdose, Mental Health Crisis

Rates of overdose, mental health crises increased after dose tapering among patients prescribed stable, long-term, higher-dose opioid therapy

Family Behind Oxycontin Denies Any Responsibility for Opioid Crisis

When asked if he carries any responsibility for the opioid crisis in the United States, Richard Sackler firmly replied: 'No'

Almost Half of Pediatric Opioid Prescriptions Considered High-Risk

61.4 percent of the prescriptions written by dentists, surgeons; high-volume prescribers wrote more than half of prescriptions


22.1 Percent of U.S. Adults With Chronic Pain Use Rx Opioids

Prescription opioid use highest for those aged 45 to 64 years; more likely among women, unemployed adults

Black Patients Receive Lower Doses of Opioids Than White Patients

However, prevalence of prescription opioid receipt was similar among Black and White patients within the same health care system

Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

Money to be used by communities for addiction treatment, prevention services, and other significant costs associated with the epidemic