Readers React: More needs to be done to curtail opioid epidemic

From The Morning Call:

Nearly 200 people came together on a rainy Saturday night in Bethlehem this past weekend at a community forum addressing the opioid epidemic.

Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in our region, state and nation. We lose more than 2,000 people in Pennsylvania and more than 50,000 people nationwide each year.

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Can Wisdom Teeth Removal Lead to Heroin Addiction?

Videos of people looking and sounding loopy after having their wisdom teeth removed get a lot of likes and shares on social media. The videos can be amusing, showing patients saying silly things while still groggy from the anesthesia, but a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine is sending out a warning that pulling your wisdom teeth could lead to heroin addiction. Opioids prescribed after the procedure, like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, are highly addictive.