According to a new study, over 3.8 Million children in the U.S. live with an adult who is unsuitably using opioids. This new estimate was made by researchers from Georgia Tech’s (Georgia Institute of Technology) School of Public Policy. The study focused amid 2002–2017 found that while fewer kids are residing with someone who indifferently misuses opioids, the number residing with adults exhibiting indications of more severe abuse surged by 30% and the number of kids residing with heroin users climbed by whopping 200%. This research is the first one to analyze the number of kids living with someone improperly using opioids.
Lindsey Bullinger—Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech—partnered with Coady Wing—from Indiana University—said, “This study discloses the shocking extent of the opioid crisis on kids in the U.S., an epidemic that is expected to have costly long-term repercussions for schools, child welfare agencies, health care sector, and very importantly on children. It is important that practitioners and lawmakers have this information to understand the level of child exposure to opioid misuse at home.” The study found that the number of kids in the U.S. living with opioids abuse users fell, declining from 3.43 Million (2002) to 3.33 Million (2017). Nonetheless, the number of kids living with someone with opioid use disorder surged by 30%, surging from 423,000 (2002) to 548,000 (2017).
On a similar note, a study showed harmful outlines of prescription opioid misuse across the U.S. Amongst adults aged 18 Years and older than that, 31% used prescription opioids simply as prescribed by a practitioner medically and 4% abused them. Therefore, the majority of people (88%) of all past-12-Month prescription opioid users utilized the drugs for medical intentions only, as per to a study at Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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