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Opioid deaths surge as pandemic spreads across U.S.

How exactly is COVID-19 affecting the opioid crisis?

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  • Drug overdose deaths hit a record high in 2019, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The pandemic seems to be worsening the opioid crisis, possibly due to users' reluctance to visit hospitals, mental health problems, and disruptions to drug supply.
  • Still, it's too early to know exactly how the pandemic is transforming drug use in the U.S.
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Scientists Discover a Gene for Pain Thanks to Some Super-Tough Italians

This could lead to new pain relievers that mute the sensation without increasing the risk of addiction.

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Pain is the body’s way of protecting itself, and communicating to our conscious mind that something is terribly wrong. We all have varying sensitivity to it. Recent research has found that how sensitive or tolerant you are to pain depends on your genetic makeup. Today, 25 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. That’s about 11% of the population. This is moderate to severe pain occurring every day for three straight months. 

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Recreational Marijuana Is Reversing the Opioid Crisis in Colorado, Study Suggests

A new report suggests Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana might be reducing opioid deaths in the state.

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