Millennials in the US were almost 20% more likely to die in 2016 than in 2014, primarily because of opioid misuse, government figures reveal. The surge in young adult deaths has driven overall life expectancy in the US down for the first time since the 1960s, according to Quartz, who analysed data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the heart of the statistics is a drugs death crisis driven by epidemic levels of opioid consumption, both legal and illegal. In 2016, 129 out of every 100,000 25-34 year-olds died, compared with 108 two years previously. Over the same period there were death rate increases of 16% among 20-24 year olds, 13% among 15-19 year olds and 10% among 35-40 year olds. These age groups accounted for the lion's share of the 64,000 drugs deaths in the US in 2016, in particular deaths caused by heroin, fentanyl and other opioids. "No part of the country has been spared," Dr Jay C Butler, a chief medical officer in Alaska, told IBTimes UK last … [Read more...] about Millennials were 20% more likely to die in 2016 than 2014, thanks to opioid epidemic
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LOUIS Theroux has become a household name on the back of his varied documentaries, his deadpan style earning him a legion of fans.For his latest hard-hitting BBC series, Dark States, he visits America once again– here's all you need to know about the show.The final part of Louis Theroux: Dark States airs on BBC Two at 9.00pm, on Sunday, October 22.Dark States explores the dark underbelly of US cities, with tonight's show focusing on gun crime and racial tension in Milwaukee.There are three hour-long documentaries in total, with the other shows airing over the last two weekends.Episode three goes up against The Last Post on BBC One and Your Song on ITV.During the series, the acclaimed documentary maker lifts the lid on the unseen criminal and social issues blighting America.In the first episode, Heroin Town, he visits Huntington, West Virginia, embedding himself with a community devastated by widespread opiate use.One in ten babies in the city are born dependent on drugs, and the … [Read more...] about When is Louis Theroux: Dark States – Murder in Milwaukee on BBC Two tonight and where does Louis visit in the series?
A YOUNG mum sits slumped over the seat of her car after a heroin overdose - with her ten-month-old baby still in the backseat.Erika Hurt, 25, was discovered in the car park of a Dollar General Store passed out with a syringe still in her hand.She was charged with child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was rushed to hospital.The Town of Hope Police Department, Indiana, released the image of her slumped at the wheel of her car to try and spread awareness of a growing drug epidemic.He told Mailonline: "I'm trying to show people that this just isn't a city problem."The heroin epidemic is leaking into small town America and it's getting really bad."Not only did this woman overdoes and nearly die, but, had she not passed out from the drug, she would have driven out of the car park and could still have been driving while passed out or under the influence."She could have killed another innocent family."Town Marshal Matthew Talent shared the photo, saying the epidemic was … [Read more...] about Shocking photo shows mum slumped in car holding syringe after heroin overdose as her terrified baby cries in the backseat
POP icon Prince's tragic death could have been caused by a dangerous new 'lollipop' drug craze sweeping A-List Hollywood.Hell-raising stars are reportedly getting high on berry-flavoured sweets infused with the drug fentanyl - which is 100 times more powerful than morphine.Police now believe the music legend, who died from an fentanyl overdose in April, may have obtained a supply of the lethal lollipops shortly before his death.The star, 57, could have bought them illegally or even got them via one of the dodgy doctors who prey on the elite of show business.The lollipops are very rarely prescribed other than to those suffering with terminal cancer because they are just so addictive.US anaesthetist Barry Friedberg said: "If Prince was sucking on fentanyl lollipops his addiction to the drug was out of contol."Other than strict medical use, berry-flavoured fentanyl lollipops are used by people who want to get high in plain sight."Cops now believe the star, whose body was found in a lift … [Read more...] about Latest Hollywood craze is for berry-flavoured lollipops laced with powerful opiates
At the Ganslwirt needle exchange facility in Vienna's sixth district, users of heroin and other opiate drugs gather from across the city. One 20-year-old Austrian man, Stefan, who declined to give his last name, says that he comes here, as do most people, to drop off their used needles in exchange for clean ones. "It's very important for me to be able to change needles here," Stefan said. "Otherwise I'd have to ask friends to use their needles which would be very dangerous." Needle exchange and treatments like Opiate Substitution Therapy (OST) form the core of what public health and public policy officials call "harm reduction," and they have become a central facet of many European and North American governments' strategy in fighting HIV transmission through intravenous drug use over the past ten to twenty years. In a handful of countries with the most progressive drug policies, such as Canada and Switzerland, further harm reduction services employ techniques and treatments such … [Read more...] about AIDS researchers push for harm reduction to reduce HIV infection