In medical news:

A new CDC NCHS Data Brief suggests that more patients are using stronger opioids than they were a decade ago. In 2011-2012, far more patients reported using opioids in the last 30 days that were more potent than morphine compared with weaker-than-morphine opioids (37% versus 20%.) Those numbers were basically reversed from the 1999-2002 figures, when about 42% used weaker-than-morphine opioids compared with 17% who used stronger-than-morphine opioids. More women than men reported opioid use, as well as more whites than Hispanics or blacks, and more older people than younger people.

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