Prescription painkillers

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Since 2000, the rate of all drug overdose deaths across the country has increased 137 percent, largely thanks to widespread abuse of prescription painkillers.

In Nevada, drug overdoses were actually down by almost 13 percent in 2014. That's the second biggest drop in the country at a time when many states are seeing major increases.

Kevin Quint is with the Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency. He says despite the state's progress, heroin deaths have more than doubled from 19 in 2010 to 52 in 2014.

UNSOM Health Watch: Prescription Opioid Use

Jul 20, 2015

In this installment of the University of Nevada School of Medicine health watch, we're talking about trends in opioid use, public health interaction and highlights of a new law that addresses opioid overdose. Our guests are Dr. Karla Wagner, an Assistant Professor at the School of Community Health Sciences at the  University of Nevada, Reno, and Richelle O'Driscoll, director of public affairs for the Division of Health Sciences and School of Medicine. 

New NV Law Aims To Curb Overdoses From Prescription Opioids

Jul 17, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A new Nevada law is aimed at expanding care and increasing prevention of drug overdoses from prescription opioids. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachili has more. 

The law is a response to the recent nationwide spike in fatal overdoses on prescription painkillers and other opioids like heroin. 

The act goes into effect on October 1 and will allow doctors to write third-party prescriptions for drugs like naloxone that counteract the effects of opioids. Dr. Karla Wagner is with the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR.