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U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise; Increase Fueled by Synthetic Opioids
Mar 29, 2018 - A report in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) found that the drug overdose epidemic is spreading geographically and increasing across demographic groups. It also found that recent increases in drug overdose deaths are driven by sharp increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, such as illicitly-manufactured fentanyl. In 2016, nearly two-thirds of drug overdose deaths involved opioids.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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HRSA Funded Research Shows Diabetes Mortality in Rural America a Significant Cause for Concern
Mar 27, 2018 - New research from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that rural America has a disproportionately high number of diabetes-related hospital deaths compared to urban America between 2009 and 2014. Mortality rates were highest within the rural areas of the South and Midwest.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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