Surgery Can Be Trigger for Teen Opioid Abuse

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Teens and young adults who have surgery may be at increased risk for opioid painkiller abuse, a new study indicates. Opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) are commonly prescribed for pain after surgery. “And until recently, it was generally believed they were not addictive,” said study…

Nearly 25 Million U.S. Workers Now Have High-Deductible Health Plans

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The number of American workers with high-deductible health insurance plans rose by 3.2 percent in 2016 — reaching 24.8 million, new research reports. While premium prices rose modestly for people with employer-provided coverage, their deductibles rose 10 percent on average, University of Minnesota researchers found. “High-deductible health plans…