U.S. National Study Shows Most Overdoses are from Prescribed Opioids

October 28, 2014 7:27 PM

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U.S. National Study Shows Most Overdoses are from Prescribed Opioids

An opioid is a drug that affects anyone who takes it in the same manner as morphine or other similar substances, whether grown in a poppy or manufactured in a laboratory. These affect the nerves and the digestive system. An opioid is prescribed for pain relief. Overdosing can be fatal, whether the opioid has been prescribed or not. Methodone is an opioid.

The published letter is from six doctors, some who practice and some who teach and research, and they studied the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample of 2010 and found that 67.8% of all the overdoses treated were from misuse of prescription opioids, and that turns out to be 135 971 visits to Emer...

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