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Number of children hospitalized for opioid poisonings on the rise




The National Safety Council says more Americans are dying by accident, and opioid abuse is one of the leading causes.
The National Safety Council says more Americans are dying by accident, and opioid abuse is one of the leading causes.
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According to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics, the number of hospitalizations among kids and teens, related to opioid poisoning, was on the rise between 1997 and 2012.

What's behind this increase and how has it impacted the lives of kids? Dr. Julie Gaither is one of the authors of the paper and an epidemiologist at Yale. She joins Alex Cohen for a discussion.