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Prescription opioids blamed for rise in pediatric poisonings

from Medical News Today

According to a report published in JAMA, the number of cases in this age group rose by more than 200 percent between 1997 and 2012. Prescription drug poisoning is now the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States. In 2014, opioid use led to 18,893 deaths in the U.S., and the number of addictions and nonfatal overdoses is on the rise. Emergency department visits related to prescription opioid use are now on a par with those linked to illegal drug use. more


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