Opioid Crisis

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Opioid take back day: This map shows you where to return your unused prescriptions

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is part of a DEA program that allows Americans to safely dispose of their unused medication. Pharmacies and police departments all over the country are participating in the event. To help people find drop-off locations in their area, the group New America has teamed up with … Continue reading “Opioid take back day: This map shows you where to return your unused prescriptions”

Opioid take back day: This map shows you where to return your unused prescriptions
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This CDC map of opioid overdoses shows major changes in emergency room visits

Emergency rooms across the United States are becoming increasingly overburdened by the opioid crisis, according to new data from the CDC. Out of 16 states that reported statistics as part of the health agency’s enhanced opioid surveillance program, 11 reported increases in emergency-room visits for opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017. Out of … Continue reading “This CDC map of opioid overdoses shows major changes in emergency room visits”

This CDC map of opioid overdoses shows major changes in emergency room visits
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Military maps are about to get smarter with help from Esri

Spatial-analytics firm Esri is looking to supercharge its mapping capabilities. The company said today it has acquired location data-extration tools from ClearTerra, a company that specializes in geospatial software products. The tech, LocateXT, will allow users of Esri’s mapping platform to more easily extract geographic coordinates from “unstructured” textual data—like emails or intelligence briefings—and instantly generate maps with … Continue reading “Military maps are about to get smarter with help from Esri”

Military maps are about to get smarter with help from Esri
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This heartbreaking opioid overdose map is putting hundreds of human faces on an epidemic

As opioid addiction continues to ravage communities across the United States, mapping technology from Esri is helping loved ones of victims cope by letting them crowdsource an interactive memorial. The “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones” map, which was created in 2016 by Esri engineer Jeremiah Lindemann, allows users to add images and descriptions of their late … Continue reading “This heartbreaking opioid overdose map is putting hundreds of human faces on an epidemic”

This heartbreaking opioid overdose map is putting hundreds of human faces on an epidemic
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The opioid crisis went from bad to worse in 2016: Here are 5 bleak statistics

The CDC released its annual data on drug deaths this week, and if anyone was hoping for an improvement in the public health scourge of opioid-related fatalities, they won’t find it in these grim numbers. Overall, drug overdoses rose 21% to 63,600 last year, fueling a decline in life expectancy for the second year in … Continue reading “The opioid crisis went from bad to worse in 2016: Here are 5 bleak statistics”

The opioid crisis went from bad to worse in 2016: Here are 5 bleak statistics
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Veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from accidental opioid overdoses

More than 64,000 Americans have died of opioid overdoses in the last 12 months alone, and many of those victims were veterans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Such drugs are prescribed to combat chronic pain that comes with battlefield injuries. The result, according … Continue reading “Veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from accidental opioid overdoses”

Veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from accidental opioid overdoses
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A big pharma billionaire was arrested for opioid-pushing bribes

The opioid crisis has left many victims in its wake,  more than 59,000 lives in 2016 alone. Now, it finally has at least one possible culprit, a big pharma exec charged with bribing doctors to dole out fentanyl, an opioid drug that can be 50 times as powerful as heroin, sometimes to patients who didn’t need it. As Bloomberg reports, Insys … Continue reading “A big pharma billionaire was arrested for opioid-pushing bribes”

A big pharma billionaire was arrested for opioid-pushing bribes
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