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4 Your Health: Healthiness of kids meals; controlling diarrhea; soaring cost of opioid abuse

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Tucson- Alarming new statistics have been revealed about the opioid crisis in America.

Hospital intensive care units are reporting a huge increase in opioid related admissions and deaths since 2009. Data from over 160 hospitals shows overdose admissions have risen by 34 percent while costs to treat these patients jumped 58 percent.

Meanwhile, opioid deaths in the ICU nearly doubled. Researchers said many hospitals cannot keep up with the growing demand for emergency opioid care.

Hospital stays for diarrhea down

Fewer children are being hospitalized for severe gastroenteritis better known as diarrhea since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine.

In fact, researchers say admissions dropped by as much as 55 percent between 2008 and 2013.

That means more than 380,000 young children avoided a hospital stay, saving an estimated $1.2 billion in medical costs.

Mixed reviews for fast food chain's kids meals

A new study from the University Of Connecticut found that most restaurants now offer more nutritious side and drink choices which are listed on their websites and menu boards.

But most continued to list unhealthy options and customers often received these items automatically when ordering a kids meal.

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