Opioid Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported record drug overdose numbers in 2017, but a handful of states saw a decrease last year including here in the Mountain West.

A state-by-state analysis of opioid prescriptions for people who visited emergency rooms with a sprained ankle show one in four patients were given opioids for pain.

The study looked at insurance claims for ER visits between 2011 and 2015.

At the low end, prescribing rates were around three percent and at the high end 40. The overall average was 25 percent.

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The Nez Perce tribe is the latest indigenous government to sue drug makers over the opioid crisis gripping the nation.

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Ada County Judge Lyn Norton says opioid abuse has arrived in Idaho's most populous county, and that abuse can happen to anyone.

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Late last month, the magazine Pacific Standard published a profile entitled, "King of Boise, The Life and Times of a Teenage Oxycodone Dealer."

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Police in Twin Falls are now equipped with Narcan, the drug able to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. The addition of the medication to law enforcement officer’s toolbox could potentially save lives.