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Mental Health and Opioids

Mental Health Update | Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is essentially the rising tide of opioid abuse in America.

When opioid abuse becomes serious and frequent, it can lead to addiction and death.
Opioids have become widely available, either via prescription or the black market, and this increasing availability is contributing to an escalation in the number of people who become addicted.
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Opioids or Non-Opioids?

Mental Health and Opioids | Non-Opioids may be as effective as Opioids for Chronic Pain

Opioids or Non?  For moderate to severe chronic back pain or osteoarthritis pain of the hip/knee, opioid initiation may not be necessary.

Patients with moderate to severe chronic back pain or hip and knee-related osteoarthritis pain do not require opioids in place of non-opioid treatments, according to a study published in JAMA.

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Opioids outweigh death rate in rural counties | Mental Health

Opioid dealths in rural America | Accidental overdose deaths are higher in rural than urban areas in America.

A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports preventable deaths due to opioids are far higher in rural counties compared to urban counties, and now significantly outweigh the overall national death rate.

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