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National Safety Council data shows opioid overdoses now pose greater risk of death than car accidents

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The opioid epidemic is hitting closer to home than some Kentuckians might realize. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying from an opioid overdose are, for the first time, greater than the odds of dying in a car accident. The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are 1-in-96, compared with 1-in-103 for motor vehicle deaths. Manager of Statistics...

New mapping tool shows county-level data on Appalachian opioid overdoses, socioeconomic data

A new data visualization tool offers in-depth, county-by-county information about the impact of the opioid epidemic in Appalachia and how it relates to factors such as unemployment, poverty, education and disability. A screen cap from the map showing opioid overdose rates withthe highest rates in dark blue (Click the image to enlarge) The Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool, developed by research organization...

Analysis shows doctors make more from drug companies as they prescribe more opioids

“As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money — and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes,” Aaron Kessler, Elizabeth Cohen and Katherine Grise report for CNN. In 2014 and 2015...