Opioid prescribing hotspots uncovered

first_imgThe study was published online today in American Journal of Public Health.“It is important for public health research to focus on geographical units such as congressional districts, as it allows for elected representatives to be more informed about important issues such as the opioid epidemic. Because a congressional district has a named elected representative, unlike, say, a county, it brings a certain degree of political accountability when it comes to discussing the opioid epidemic,” said S V Subramanian, professor of population health and geography.The study found that Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District had 166 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, the highest rate of any district in the nation. Districts in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Virginia, and Oklahoma rounded out the 10 areas with the highest prescribing rates. Other high prescribing rates were found in districts located in eastern Arizona, Nevada, northern California, rural Oregon, and rural Washington state.The lowest opioid prescribing rates tended to be concentrated in congressional districts near urban centers, including Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Virginia was the only state that had congressional districts with top and bottom 10 opioid prescribing rates.The findings come amid a national opioid epidemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Between 1999 and 2010, prescription opioid-related overdose deaths quadrupled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2013 the epidemic was estimated to cost $78.5 billion — one-third of which was spent on health care and treatment costs. In 2016 overdoses resulted in more than 42,000 deaths, and the following year President Trump officially declared a public health emergency.“A great deal of variation may exist between state-level opioid prescribing rates and prescribing rates in specific congressional districts within the state,” said Lyndsey Rolheiser, a postdoctoral research fellow and lead author of the paper. “Having these data could help representatives advocate more strongly for federal policies aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic and helping their constituents.”Other Harvard Chan researchers who contributed to this work included Jack Cordes, a master’s student in epidemiology. Congressional districts with the highest opioid prescribing rates are predominantly concentrated in the Southeastern U.S., with other hotspots in Appalachia and the rural West, according to a new study led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, the first to focus on opioid prescribing rates at the congressional district level, could help federal and state policymakers better target intervention and prevention strategies. The study found that Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District had 166 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, the highest rate of any district in the nation.last_img read more

Barcelona president slams VAR in 2019-20 campaign

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Largest Cities In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role ModelsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona secure vital 4-1 La Liga win at Villarreal Bartomeu’s comments are likely to extend the recent animosity between the two rivals, despite Zidane’s side being on the verge of securing a first league title since 2017. Barcelona’s poor form following the restart of the season has allowed Real Madrid to edge in front in the title race, with a four point lead, and four games left to play. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu has launched an attack on what he describes as an ‘unfair’ use of VAR against the Catalan giants this season. The 57-year old was speaking following Barcelona’s 4-1 La Liga win at Villarreal, which kept alive their fading title defence hopes. La Blaugrana defender Gerard Pique has been embroiled in a war of words in recent weeks, after hinting that El Clasico rivals Real Madrid are favoured by referees and VAR. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane and skipper Sergio Ramos have refuted the claims, but Bartomeu left little to the imagination as he pointed the figure over the use of video technology this season. “VAR is not giving what we wanted, or expected, this season. In many games post lock down it has not been used equally,” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “It has favoured some teams, and disadvantaged others.Advertisement “VAR is supposed to help referees, but we have seen in recent weeks, it has not.” Loading… last_img read more