This Was the Top Health Story in 2018

Posted On: 01-04-2019
This Was the Top Health Story in 2018
In a year filled with healthcare developments and news, there is one topic that appeared to capture the most headlines and profoundly impact many Americans: the rates of opioid addiction and opioid-related deaths. Many opioid-related deaths are among young adults, and many are linked to fentanyl—a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.

In fact, rates of fatal overdoses related to opioids have nearly doubled over the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For three years in a row, the average life expectancy rate in the U.S. dropped (from 79 years in 2014 to 78.6) after years of trending upward.

This serious national health crisis impacts public health, economic welfare, and social welfare. The economic burden of prescription opioid abuse in the United States is $78.5 billion per year, accounting for healthcare costs, addiction treatment, criminal justice involvement, and lost productivity (according to

As a new development in 2018, the HEAL Initiative was launched by the National Institutes of Health. HEAL stands for Helping to End Addiction Long-term and is an agency focused on accelerating scientific solutions to the national opioid crisis. These focuses will include implementation science, study of neurological pathways involved in addiction, behavioral interventions, effective pain management, and more.

Other popular healthcare topics for 2018 included vaping, marijuana use, the Affordable Care Act, and cancer screenings.

See Related Articles

Baby Boomers and Millennials Hardest Hit in Opioid Crisis

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Heal ...
Posted On: 11-24-2017
read more

In Young Adults, 1 in 5 Deaths Linked to Opioids

A new report from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto states ...
Posted On: 06-08-2018
read more

New Recommendations for DIY Cloth Masks & What You Can Use

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently ...
Posted On: 04-10-2020
read more

Study Looks at Testing Strips to Prevent Overdose Death

Fentanyl is often laced into street drugs, and as a result, ...
Posted On: 02-16-2018
read more

Related Doctors

View All

Surgical Procedures

View All
  • No record found.

Be Healthy

View All

Health News

Watch & learn

View All
Please enter required fields.
Subscription Successful.
Already Subscribed.
Enter Valid Email Address.