76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

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 The data in the DEA database tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States, including oxycodone, above.

America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history.

The information comes from a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — from manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city. The data provides an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic, which has resulted in nearly 100,000 deaths from 2006 through 2012.

Just six companies distributed 75 percent of the pills during this period: McKesson Corp., Walgreens, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, CVS and Walmart, according to an analysis of the database by The Washington Post. Three companies manufactured 88 percent of the opioids: SpecGx, a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt; ­Actavis Pharma; and Par Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals.

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China’s epidemic of overwork, workers are dying at their desks

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600,000 Chinese a year die from working too hard.

After 26 years, Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. He was “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employer said this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up.

 

 

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One in five American deaths linked to obesity, three times higher than previous estimates

Younger generations have been exposed longer to risk factors for obesity.

A new report reveals that the number of deaths caused by obesity in the United States has been vastly underestimated by researchers. Obesity accounts for 18 percent of deaths among black and white Americans between the ages of 40 and 85, according to the study published online Aug. 15 in the American Journal of Public Health. Previous estimates had placed obesity-related deaths at only 5 percent of all U.S. deaths.

 

 

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Cell phone theft becomes a national crime epidemic in the U.S.

 10% of cellular users said their phone had been stolen at one point.

From San Francisco to Washington, D.C., law enforcement agencies are again sounding an alarm over mobile-phone thefts, demanding that the wireless industry, resellers and lawmakers take new steps to quash the thriving black market for boosted devices.

 

 

 

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Two thirds of deaths in the world are caused by cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease

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The rapidly increasing magnitude of noncommunicable diseases is fueled by rising risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity.

Almost two-thirds of deaths in the world are caused by noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart and lung disease which are rapidly increasing at a cost to the global economy of trillions of dollars, according to U.N. estimates and preliminary results of a new study.

 

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Smoking Death Toll Could Reach 8 Million a Year by 2030

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Tobacco will kill 6 million people this year.

Nearly six million people, including 600,000 non-smokers, will die this this year from tobacco. Governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

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United States is Fattest Nation Among 33 Countries

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Two thirds of American’s are overweight or obese.

The United States is the fattest nation among 33 countries with advanced economies, according to a report out today from an international think tank.Two-thirds of people in this country are overweight or obese; about a third of adults — more than 72 million — are obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight.

 

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Every Hour in China a Baby is Born with Syphilis

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A baby is born every hour in China with syphilis.

There is a baby born every hour  in China with syphilis, as the world’s fastest-growing epidemic of the disease is fueled by men with new money from the nation’s booming economy, researchers say.The easy-to-cure bacterial infection, which was nearly wiped out in China five decades ago, is now the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in its largest city, Shanghai.

 

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China Faces World’s Biggest Diabetes Epidemic

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Obese patients wash their plates after lunch at the Aimin Fat Reduction Hospital in Tianjin, China.  China now faces a whole new problem: the world’s biggest diabetes epidemic.

After working overtime to catch up to life in the West, China now faces a whole new problem: the world’s biggest diabetes epidemic. One in 10 Chinese adults already have the disease and another 16% are on the verge of developing it, according to a new study. The finding nearly equals the U.S. rate of 11% and surpasses other Western nations, including Germany and Canada.

 

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Medical Breakthrough: Experimental Vaccine That Prevents Infection With AIDS Virus

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For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might never be possible.  The World Health Organization and the U.N. agency UNAIDS said the results “instilled new hope” in the field of HIV vaccine research.

 

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