Study: 1 in 5 deaths in young adults is opioid related
The teenager statistics are even more shocking.
According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open by researchers from St Michaels Hospital in Toronto, Canada, the opioid problem in the United States has been getting far worse in the last 3 years. The percentage of all opiate deaths — that accounts for heroin, painkillers, and more — has increased 292%.
1.68 million people died in 2016 alone, according to the research, with most deaths happening between the ages of 24 and 35.
- For the 24 to 35 age bracket, 1 in 5 (20%) deaths were due to opioid use, up from just 4% in 2001.
- 1,681,359 years of life were lost (the average age of American life is 78.4 years, as per the 2012 census)
- Perhaps most shocking of all, opioids accounted for 12.5% of the deaths between ages 15 to 24.
- 67.5% of opioid deaths were men, with the median age of 40 years old.
It's hard to write this article — honestly — without having some sort of emotional reaction to the numbers. It's easy to read 1.6 million people, but that doesn't quite touch upon those affected - be it friends, families, teachers, students, colleagues - by these deaths. How much of this is being pushed upon by drug companies? It doesn't take a seasoned journalist to find hundreds - if not thousands - of stories about perfectly healthy people perhaps getting something innocuous like oral surgery and then becoming hooked on the overly strong painkillers. Speaking from personal experience, I got given a scrip for Norco after having a root canal; an insanely powerful painkiller for a moderate-at-best level of pain. That's like fighting a mosquito with a flamethrower (FYI: dentists prescribe 12% of the opiates in this country.)
And you want to know why there are so many opioids on the market? Drug makers have spent close to $2.7 billion over the past 12 years on lobbying to keep it happening.
Forgive me for saying this, but the opioid crisis fucking sucks. We as a country can and should do a lot better and a lot more to curb this.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Torn between absolutism on the left and the right, classical liberalism—with its core values of compassion and incremental progress whereby the once-radical becomes the mainstream—is in need of a good defense. And Adam Gopnik is its lawyer.
- Liberalism as "radical pragmatism"
- Intersectionality and civic discourse
- How "a thousand small sanities" tackled drunk driving, normalized gay marriage, and could control gun violence
Irish president believes students need philosophy.
- President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins calls for students to be thought of as more than tools made to be useful.
- Higgins believes that philosophy and history should be a basic requirement forming a core education.
- The Irish Young Philosopher Awards is one such event that is celebrating this discipline among the youth.
The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.
- The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
- Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
- Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
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