Disability in US, opioids and pet owners, drug overdose deaths, worksite health care

CBS News — 1 in 4 U.S. adults has a disability, CDC says
New government research finds 61 million U.S. adults – about 1 in 4 Americans – have a disability that impacts a major part of their life. According to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common disability type, mobility, affects 1 in 7 adults. With age, disability becomes more common, affecting approximately 2 in 5 adults age 65 and older.

CNN — FDA warns of pet owners using animals to get opioids

The US Food and Drug Administration has raised alarm about one way people might access opioids to misuse and abuse: their pets. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb released a statement about the need for responsible opioid prescribing in animals, which came one week after a perspective paper in the American Journal of Public Healthcalled for the veterinary, public health, pharmaceutical and regulatory communities to dedicate time and resources to addressing the issue of prescription opioid diversion in veterinary medicine.

Vox — 2017 was the worst year ever for drug overdose deaths in America

2016 was the worst year for drug overdose deaths in America — at least, until 2017 came along. According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 72,000 people in the US are predicted to have died from drug overdoses in 2017 — nearly 200 a day. That’s up from 2016, which was already a record year in which roughly 64,000 people in the US died from overdoses. At least two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 and 2017 were linked to opioids.

Forbes — Amazon’s clinics join employer push into worksite health care

If Amazon follows through with plans to build clinics for its workers, it would join a parade of large employers putting health centers at the worksite.

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