Inside a Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis Public health officials have called the current opioid epidemic the worst #drugcrisis in American history, killing more than 33,000 people in 2015. Overdose deaths were nearly equal to the number of deaths from car crashes. In 2015, for the first time, deaths from heroin alone surpassed gun homicides. Read the article: http://ow.ly/joQe307OVBb
Kaiser Health News Debbie Case held an insulated bag with two packaged meals — a sandwich wrap and fruit for lunch, a burrito and cauliflower for dinner.
“You’re going to eat well today,” Case told 75-year-old Dave Kelly as she handed him the meals. Kelly lost his sight about two years ago and reluctantly gave up cooking. Read more: http://ow.ly/FVKC307RRQd
Los Angeles Times, Melissa Healy Better treatment protocols and more targeted therapies have driven the most dramatic improvements in the survival of patients with malignancies of the blood and lymph system, says the American Cancer Society’s annual report card on cancer. Read more: http://ow.ly/CFlA307OVHy
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