Saturday, September 24, 2011

News: NIH Says Alcohol Poisoning Up in American Youth, Opioids Implicated in 20% of Hospitalizations

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has a new paper out (available here) that reports huge rises in overdose-related hospitalizations among Americans aged 18-24 between 1999-2008, including a 25% increase for alcohol overdose, a 56% increase for drug overdose, a 76% rise for combined alcohol/drug overdose, and a 122% increase in the number of hospitalizations related to prescription opioid overdose. 

Have a look at the press release here

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