Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Drug Overdose Deaths Rose 19 Percent in 2016
Drug overdose deaths increased 19 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to a preliminary analysis of data by The New York Times. Evidence suggests the problem, driven by opioid addiction, has continued to worsen this year.
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Bill Would Create Tough New Penalties for People Caught With Synthetic Opioids
Two senators on the Judiciary Committee are preparing a bill that would create tough new penalties for people caught with synthetic opioids, NPR reports.
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DEA Warns Police, Firefighters About Accidentally Overdosing on Fentanyl on the Job
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning police officers and firefighters about the dangers of overdosing on the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl if they accidentally touch or inhale the drug while on the job.

Teens at Elite High Schools May Face Increased Addiction Risk as Young Adults
Teens who attend elite high schools may face an increased risk of addiction as young adults compared with national norms, a new study suggests.
Series of Overdoses in Georgia Traced Back to Fake Percocet Pills
Officials in Georgia say at least a dozen people were hospitalized over two days in the state after ingesting an unidentified street drug. Four deaths have been linked to the drug.
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