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4 Your Health: Good and Bad news about kids and opioids

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Tucson- Fewer children are being treated for opioid related poisonings or misuse but according to the experts there is much room for improvement.

New data shows that after a steady increase in prescription opioid exposures from 2000 to 2009 there has been a decline in recent years.
However, teens are still at risk for more serious outcomes, including opioid related suicides, which rose by more than 50-percent. 

Hydrocodone was the most common medication involved in pediatric cases.

Mental scars remain from cancer

Many young cancer survivors face social difficulties that last for years after their diagnosis.

For two years, scientists in the Netherlands followed over 100 patients who were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 14 and 39.
At all ages, they had more social struggles compared to their peers with no history of cancer. 

Those who had the lowest social function also reported more physical and psychological problems.
 

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