Dec 21 2011
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Public Health News Roundup: December 21

Drug Overdose Deaths Exceed Car Accident Fatalities

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.

HUD Renews Funding for many Local Homeless Programs

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.

Government Advisory Board Asks Journals to Withhold Key Information on Avian Flu Virus

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.

Tags: Flu, Housing, News roundups, Prescription drugs, Public health, Substance Abuse