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Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

FP Expert Offers Practical Advice on Detection, Intervention

07/23/2015 — According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. It's a trend tied directly to the nation's prescription opioid epidemic, says an agency official.

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07/22/2015 — On July 21, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation saying evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in adults 65 and older who have not reported problems with their vision.

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07/16/2015 — The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together health and policy experts, seniors and caregivers, who shared advice for living well in later years.

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07/16/2015 — Applications are now being accepted for the AAFP's 2015-2016 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants; chapters and family medicine residency programs are invited to apply.

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