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The opioid epidemic’s startling age divide: Young Americans are overdosing on heroin while older ones continue to overdose on prescription painkillers.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Americans in their 50s and 60s overwhelmingly overdosed on prescription opioids, while Americans in their 20s and 30s overdosed disproportionately on heroin.

Opioid epidemic may be underestimated, CDC report says

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic, causing 91 overdose deaths each day. Yet the total number of opioid-related deaths may still be underestimated, suggests new research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Millions of Americans end up using opioids long after surgery, putting them at risk of addiction and other health problems.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Each year, surgery puts millions of people in the United States at risk of long-term prescription opioid use. Sometimes, use lasts long after the normal recovery period, a new study concluded. This occurs after both major and minor surgeries, leading researchers to blame other factors for this trend.

Will's Story: Where opioid abuse and the dark web intersect

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Maumelle, AR – Scott and Shannon Doerhoff talk about their son who turned from a outstanding student to being hooked on opioids which led to heroin abuse and death. This story also discusses how many drugs are purchased via the internet.

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL REQUIRING PRESCRIBERS TO MONITOR PRESCRIPTIONS

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law on Tuesday, April 11 which strengthens the monitoring of prescription medications. After the signing, Senate Bill 339 became Arkansas Act 820, which means prescribers of prescription medications are no longer just encouraged to monitor those prescriptions, it is now their legal duty.

Journey to Recovery

Monday, April 10, 2017
"OxyContin was my big thing when I was 13 years old,” he says. “It wasn’t until I got to 22 years old, I hit the bottom finally. I either had to change or something was going to change me, I knew it. It was no longer me saying it, it was just a fact.”

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