“Hospitalizations for pediatric opioid poisonings almost doubled from 1997 to 2012, according to a retrospective analysis published online October 31 in JAMA Pediatrics. The highest hospitalization rates occurred among older adolescents, but the largest increase in hospitalizations over time was seen in children aged 1 to 4 years.
Mortality rates attributed to opioids are also alarming. Retail sales of prescription opioids rose fourfold from 1999 to 2010, and deaths attributed to opioid overdose increased by the same amount among 15- to 64-year-olds. However, deaths increased sixfold in those aged 15 to 24 years.
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Source: Medscape.com – October 31, 2016