In a recent report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a new measurement tool known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) was developed. The YRBSS monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use and a variety of other unhealthy behaviors.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a study outlining that prescription opioid use during pregnancy has been associated with poor outcomes for mothers and infants. Studies using administrative data have estimated that 14%–22% of women filled a prescription for opioids during pregnancy; however, data on self-reported prescription opioid use during pregnancy are limited.
A recent study conducted by the Illinois Department of Human Services outlines that the number of opioid overdose deaths that have occurred thus far in 2020 are rising at an alarming rate. Due to the lag time in confirming cases of opioid overdose death, the actual size of the increase will not be known for some time. However, current information indicates that the number of opioid overdose deaths occurring in the first six months of 2020 is higher when compared to the same period last year.