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Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic 

(HealthDay News, July 30) Opioid-related visits to the emergency room rose 28.5% last year compared to 2018 and 2019, according to a recent study. 

President Announces Overdose Awareness Week

The president recently issued a proclamation recognizing August 29, 2021 – September 4, 2021 as Overdose Awareness Week.

Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

(HealthDay News, August 2) According to a new survey, children who are around secondhand marijuana smoke are more likely to have colds and respiratory infections than those who were not around secondhand smoke.

Accidental Exposures to Fentanyl Patches Continue to Be Deadly to Children

(Food and Drug Administration) Accidental exposure to medication is a leading cause of poisoning in children. Young children, in particular, have died or become seriously ill after being exposed to a skin patch containing fentanyl, a powerful opioid pain reliever.

Drug Overdoses Killed A Record Number Of Americans In 2020, Jumping By Nearly 30%

(NPR, July 14) Last year, more than 93,000 Americans died as a result of a drug overdose, according to new preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number is more than 30% of 2019’s total. 

Doctors May Be Overprescribing Opioids After Surgeries 

(HealthDay News, June 14) Researchers from the University of Michigan found that there wasn’t a big difference in pain relief between patients prescribed opioids following surgery and patients prescribed non-opioids after surgery.  

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More Pot-Linked Poisoning Cases as Edibles' Popularity Booms 

(HealthDay News, May 25) The number of marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in the U.S. jumped about 35% between 2017 and 2019, according to a new study. 

Study: Marijuana Use May Be Linked to Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults 

(National Institutes of Health, June 22) Marijuana use could be linked to increased risk of suicidal thoughts, plan, and attempt among young adults, according to researchers who analyzed data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health between 2008-2019. 

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Heavy marijuana use during pregnancy linked to premature birth, early infant death

(NBC News, April 23) The babies of women who were heavy marijuana users during their pregnancies are more likely to be born premature or pass away within their first year of life than the babies of women who did not use marijuana, according to a report. 

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Colorado reckons with high-potency marijuana and its impact on children

(Denver Post, April 22) Potent marijuana is harmful to the mental health of young people, according to research.