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Opioid Overdoses Among Children Nearly Double

CNN reports that the number of hospital admissions for children has nearly doubled since 2004. This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise as during this time frame the opioid epidemic spiraled out of control and exposed vulnerable children to the dangers of these prescription pain killers. 

The Pediatrics study examined children between the ages of 1 and 17. The number of admissions climbed to over 1,500 between 2012 and 2015. The primary cause appeared to be children locating their parents’ stash of opioids. The sheer number of pills that have been manufactured and distributed has made such a disturbing trend inevitable. For children, methadone was particularly dangerous and represented 20 percent of ingestion incidents. Overall, half of the hospitalized children were admitted into the ICU. 

We are at a point where opioid addiction is a cradle to grave concern. In hard hit areas a large percentage of children are born addicted to these drugs. To make matters worse, new mothers are being prescribed these addictive and deadly drugs. This puts them and their children at serious risk. One study in Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that more than 1 in 10 Medicaid-enrolled women filled a prescription for an opioid following vaginal delivery to treat post-delivery pain.

When used cautiously and correctly, prescription pain relievers do have their place in medicine, but they became dangerous when used long term. For many people, lasting relief comes not from one modality but several, and it often includes making dietary changes as well. This feature article outlines a number of the natural pain treatment options that are available. 
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