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Amid a nation gripped by chronic disease, drug abuse, gun violence, and more, the life expectancy of adults in the US has declined to levels not seen since the losses from flu and war in 1915-1918. According to the latest annual data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US Department of Health & Human Services, Americans could expect to live 78.6 years from birth in 2017, a decrease from the previous year.
Drug overdoses and deaths, especially from fentanyl, saw an increase in 2017. According to an article on the data in the Washington Post, “Deaths attributed to opioids were nearly six times greater in 2017 than they were in 1999.” Health disparities based on geography are still a challenge, with states like West Virginia having 54.8 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people, while Nebraska had 8.1 deaths per 100,000 people. Read More
At a meeting held in Washington, DC, on November 13th, leaders from three technology companies met with experts to form a new coalition to “share best practices and collaborate on ways to address opioid addiction.” Recognizing the rising public health threat of opioid addiction and overdose in the US, CSIP members Facebook, Google, and Twitter, are forming Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis and will work to leverage new “proactive-detection” technology that is powered by artificial intelligence and can help detect drug-related images and content before they are seen by consumers. Read More
The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) partners with Facebook, Google and Twitter to Launch the Tech Coalition to Increase Awareness and Support for Those Struggling with Addiction
November 13, 2018 – WASHINGTON: Today, we are proud to take another important step in addressing the opioid epidemic by launching the new coalition, Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis. CSIP will bring together Facebook, Google, and Twitter to help those battling the epidemic. Tech Together’s inaugural meeting takes places today as CSIP hosts “Searching for Answers: Innovating for Families in the Opioid Age,” where tech and public health experts will share best practices and explore new opportunities to help. Tech Together welcomes other companies and organizations to join the coalition with the shared goal of making it easier for people to find help and support. Read More