Public Health News Roundup: December 21
More Americans now die from drug overdoses, in particular overdoses of abused prescription drugs, than in car accidents, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The authors of the report found a 90 percent increase in poisoning deaths, with most of those deaths from overdoses on narcotic painkillers, since 1999. Deaths from car accidents have dropped 15 percent in the same period. Read more on substance abuse.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1.47 billion to renew funding to more than 7,100 local homeless programs across the country. Get more news on housing and health.
The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity has asked two science journals not to publish the details of certain biomedical experiments involving avian flu out of concern that the information could be used to create deadly viruses. Read up on more flu news.