Preventing fatal opioid overdose

February 10, 2014
by Margaret Farenger
Detroit News

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died last week, at the age of 46, from an apparent heroin overdose. This year more than 16,000 Americans will die from an overdose of opiod drugs — a preventable public health tragedy.

Most fatal overdoses are the result of opioid drugs, including heroin, which is synthesized from morphine, and certain prescription pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Michigan is faring worse than most in the overdose epidemic. According to a report issued in the fall by the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health, Michigan has the 18th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States.

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