MedscapePrescription drug deaths rise with opioid sales
Drug poisoning, primarily in the form of overdoses, has supplanted motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of injury death in the United States. This change occurred with startling speed. “We see many other leading causes of death declining or staying relatively stable, but in a short amount of time, drug-overdose deaths increased dramatically. In 2005, there were more overdose deaths than motor vehicle crash deaths in 10 states; in 2010, it was 31 states,” said Christopher Jones, PharmD, a commander in the US Public Health Service and prescription drug-overdose expert at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fox NewsMultiple births cost significantly more than single births, study shows
Giving birth to twins or triplets costs parents significantly more compared to single births, Medical Daily reported. In a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers analyzed data on 437,000 births, calculating medical expenses from 27 weeks of gestation to 30 days post-delivery, plus medical costs throughout the first year of life. Overall, the researchers discovered that the adjusted total cost of health care for single births was $21,000, while twins cost $105,000 and triplets cost $400,000. “On average, combined all-cause health care expenses for mothers with twins or higher-order multiple births were about five to 20 times more expensive, respectively, than singleton delivery,” lead investigator Dr. Dongmu Zhang of Global Health Outcomes, Merck & Co said.

NewsworksPresident-elect will help lead a rebranded American Public Health Association
Just as the organization is rebranding itself, Shiriki Kumanyika, an obesity and health researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, is preparing to lead the American Public Health Association. Kumanyika said association leaders now know they need to present more than bare facts and statistics to sell the changes they want Americans to make — or to convince people that public health is worth public investment. The association’s reputation as “solid and venerable” is good, Kumanyika said, “but, it wasn’t — sort of — exciting enough.”

CLASPAmerican Public Health Association voices support for paid leave
In exciting news for earned sick days and paid family and medical leave advocates across the country, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has issued a new policy statement supporting steps to create paid leave policies. This is a tremendous endorsement for paid leave campaigns, as well as for millions of U.S. workers who currently lack any access paid leave. APHA is the world’s largest and most diverse public health association and is the primary voice for public health advocacy in the United States. The organization has been an important advocate for the health of working families and has previously recognized the importance of paid leave to the public health by signing on to support the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would set a national standard for paid sick days.