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HelloMD & UC Berkeley to Conduct Largest Study on Cannabis, Pain & Opioid Abuse

HelloMD & UC Berkeley to Conduct Largest Study on Cannabis, Pain & Opioid Abuse

September 13, 2016 | HelloMD Staff

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of these prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids, (CDC). The opioid epidemic reached critical proportions with 18,893 people dying from overdoses in 2014 alone.

These statistics are staggering. Opioid abuse touches every corner of this country, fueled by inappropriate prescribing practices and abundant availability. The soccer mom who started taking Xanax to help get her through the day; the grandfather next door who had his knee replaced; the high school cheer captain who injured her back stunting and was prescribed Vicodin while recovering; the teen who was warned against drinking and found an alternative in his mother’s medicine cabinet. Opioid abuse is color blind. It knows no race, religion, age, gender or social class. It wears a million faces.

HelloMD & UC Berkeley to Conduct Largest Study on Cannabis, Pain & Opioid Abuse






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