Opioid Abuse More than Doubles

The casual abuse of prescription opioids has more than doubled over a decade. A new study from the National Institutes of Health states nearly 10 million Americans – 4.1 percent of the adult population – used opioid medications in 2013 without a prescription or not as prescribed. This is up from 1.8 percent in 2002.

More than 11 percent of the population self-reported misusing prescription opioids at some point in their lives – that’s a considerable increase from 4.7 percent ten years ago.
Addiction has also substantially increased during this time with more than 2 million adults exhibiting a problem with opioid abuse. Drug poisoning deaths have quadrupled.

“The increasing misuse of prescription opioid pain relievers poses a myriad of serious public health consequences,” said Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “These include increases in opioid use disorders and related fatalities from overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of newborns who experience neonatal abstinence syndrome. In some instances, prescription opioid misuse can progress to intravenous heroin use with consequent increases in risk for HIV, hepatitis C and other infections among individuals sharing needles.”

The study appears online today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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