Almost 9,000 children and teens died from prescription and illicit opioid poisonings between 1999 and 2016 in the United States, a new study finds. During this time, the death rate nearly tripled, CNN reports.
Fentanyl was involved in almost 29 percent of all overdose deaths in 2016, making it the most commonly used drug involved in overdose fatalities, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A new study that looks at the long-term costs of addiction finds heroin, oxycodone and cocaine rank as the top three most expensive substances. Each addiction costs more than a million dollars to support over a 50-year period, CNBC reports.
China has agreed to designate fentanyl as a controlled substance, the Trump Administration announced on Saturday. Analysts told The New York Times the announcement will have little direct impact on the opioid crisis.
The e-cigarette company Juul Labs announced this week it will stop selling most of its flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores, The New York Times reports. The company will also shut down its social media accounts.