August 14, 2018 – Toby Cosgrove, MD, former president and CEO of the renowned Cleveland Clinic and one of America’s top healthcare experts, discussed efforts to combat the opioid epidemic during a recent episode of CNBC’s the “Squawk Box,” saying he believes the crisis has “peaked.”
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What’s the problem?
“We’re starting to see the understanding of the problem,” Cosgrove said. “[We] are getting to the point where people are certainly prescribing fewer drugs and people are recognizing how serious this is.”
However, despite the good news, Cosgrove says the situation is still dire, and that opioids continue to present a significant health risk to the U.S.
“Carfentanil is 10,000 times as potent as morphine,” Cosgrove said. “These drugs are getting laced. We just had an outbreak of deaths in Ohio from drugs being laced with very potent carfentanil and fentanyl.”
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Opioids — both prescription and street drugs — were implicated in over 42,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sadly, the opioid epidemic has had a profound impact on children as well. The number of pediatric opioid hospitalizations requiring intensive care nearly doubled to 1,504 patients between 2012 and 2015, from 797 patients between 2004 and 2007, according to a study published by Pediatrics.
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