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opioid epidemic

A public health crisis in the United States and Canada involving a sharp increase in the use of, addiction to, and overdoses from opioid drugs, especially since 2015 (although the trend is traced to the late 1990s). Opioids, typically used as prescription painkillers, include morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, as well as heroin, which is illegal. Ingesting high doses of opioids can cause respiratory failure and death. Also known as the "opioid crisis." The opioid epidemic has led to a staggering number of deaths in a short period of time.
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The Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers' Association (CLMA) and the Northern Forest Products Association (NFPA) have joined to form the Mountain Pine Beetle Emergency Task Force to fight the epidemic. Working with the Ministry of Forestry and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, the task force is trying to come up with a strategic plan for salvaging the forests and the economic stability of the area, which is highly dependent on the timber industry.
But during an epidemic, testing for influenza may often be superfluous.
Despite poor surveillance for dengue in Africa, epidemic dengue fever caused by all four serotypes has increased dramatically since 1980.
Today, the African-American church is being challenged to respond to the AIDS epidemic. Faith-based HIV/AIDS organizations have been formed in recent years to involve the black church in HIV prevention.
Usually, doctors or other health care workers diagnose the flu on the basis of whether flu is epidemic in the community and whether the patient's complaints fit the current pattern of symptoms.
The lessons that the NLGTF, along with other advocacy groups and national media sources, want the Shepard case to teach are clearly drawn: There is an "epidemic" of anti-gay crime in America, particularly in unsophisticated backwaters such as Wyoming; hate crime legislation is the only remedy; opponents of such laws are themselves allied with the forces of darkness.
Since the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s, information has been viewed as a key resource in efforts to prevent HIV transmission, manage various disease complications, and ultimately prolong life.
"It is important that a National Epidemic be declared to identify if a localized response is needed, and to enable the local government units to use their Quick Response Fund to address the epidemic situation," Duque said.
Among the areas that exceeded the epidemic thresholds are Lapu-Lapu City and Sibonga town in Cebu province; Tagbilaran City and the towns of Trinidad, Cortes, Dauis, Clarin, and Loon in Bohol province; and, Lazi town of Siquijor province.
Nicole Gollnick of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment of Germany explained that the workshop participants will have to find out the cause of the simulated epidemic outbreak and offer solutions to the crisis.
This epidemic, however, was not ignored by an iconoclastic group of South African trauma surgeons who assiduously documented the epidemic for over six decades.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A new epidemic erupted in the war-torrn Yemen and threatens the lives of Yemenis who are already at risk of a cholera epidemic, local reports said.
Epidemic spreading has a rich research history and attracted a lot of attention and interest in academia field.
Proportionally, more epidemics are caused by other meningococcal serogroups (e.g., serogroup W) that have less salient epidemic patterns, limiting detection through district-level surveillance and delaying intervention measures (3).