Surgeon General Call to Action Falls Short | Huffington Post by Lynn R. Webster, MD Author of “The Painful Truth”
Law-enforcement seizures of illicit fentanyl have soared, changing the face of drug-related deaths and necessitating new public health strategies to meet the evolving threat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an 80 percent increase nationally in synthetic opioid deaths from 2013 to 2014, an increase that coincides with a 426 percent rise in the number of drugs containing fentanyl seized by law enforcement.
The country is being overrun with truly deadly drugs that are killing increasing numbers of people, yet the CDC remains focused on prescriptions for pain patients.
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