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Missing in the media coverage of the unrelenting legions of drug overdose deaths in the United States is an equally important but less heralded story. What subsequently happens to people who experience a drug overdose but are successfully rescued through emergency medical intervention? What is their fate after they leave the hospital or other emergency care setting? New grassroots recovery community organizations (RCOs) are collaborating with first responders and hospitals to influence such outcomes.

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How Accurate Are Opioid Overdose Death Statistics?

Researchers examined six years worth of death certificates to determine the accuracy of opioid-related death statistics for a new study.

The overdose epidemic may be vastly underestimated, according to a new study out of the University of Virginia. 

A closer look at death certificates from 2008 to 2014 led Dr. Christopher Ruhm to the conclusion that opioid death rates could be 24% higher than previously estimated.

“Opioid and heroin involved mortality rates were 24% and 22% greater than reported rates,” the study says. “The differences varied across states, with particularly large effects in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Louisiana.”

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The Benefits of working with a Recovery Coach

A Greater Boston news report discusses how Recovery Coaching is a valuable tool to combat the Opioid Epidemic, and other benefits of working with a Recovery Coach. The news report goes over the significant drop of emergency room visits due to drug related incidents, as well as a drop of client’s new legal entanglements, higher rate of academic pursuits, and a higher employment rate.

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