Number of children addicted to opioids is growing

A study from the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that the number of children addicted to opioids jumped by 17,000 from 2008 to 2013.

US hospitals treat more than 100 children each day who are already addicted to opioids, an alarming new study has found.The report, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), looked at the number of children taken to emergency departments in US hospitals annually who are addicted, and it found that in just five years the number jumped by nearly 17,000.In 2008, it was about 32,000 but it reached 49,626 in 2013.And the study's researchers are worried that the figures they are reporting are ...