“Wastewater epidemiology” may be key to addressing America’s opioid crisis—but only if officials can accept the down-and-dirty results.

A lot of enthusiasm—and a lot of questions—have been raised about the Bridge, a new medical device purporting to ease opioid withdrawal, reports Jake Harper. The $595 electronic nerve stimulator won fans and funds praise from policymakers, criminal justice officials and…

As the opioid crisis spreads, needle exchanges have reached well beyond urban centers, but some communities are changing their minds. In Charleston, West Virginia, the influx of drug users to one clinic divided the health department and the city. Police department-imposed…

Genetics influence a person’s susceptibility to substance abuse disorder but understanding epigenetic factors may be key in fighting opioid dependence.

The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic in US history, but we’ve seen similar scenarios before, writes the New York Times editorial board. With 19th century morphine, “like today, the medical community was largely responsible for the epidemic.” And with AIDS in…

As a palliative care doctor in Kerala, India, M.R. Rajagopal, MD, sees suffering every day. Often, that suffering could be alleviated with inexpensive opioid medications, but pain killers are largely unavailable to poor people in India and around the world.

During France’s 1980s heroin epidemic overdose deaths rose 10% a year, but in 1995 a new policy allowed doctors to prescribe buprenorphine without special licensing or training. Within 4 years overdose deaths plummeted 79%, and primary-care doctors in the socialized health…

Health in the US improved overall from 1990-2016, but wide disparities from state to state show a need for better preventive care, according to a new study coordinated by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The probability of dying…

A branch of the Sackler family has publicly distanced itself from OxyContin profits as the clan and its company, Purdue Pharma, come under fire for the drug’s role in sparking the opioid crisis. But court documents suggest Arthur Sackler’s heirs have benefited at least…

In western Europe opioid addiction is viewed “the way most Americans now look at AIDS — as a medical problem,” yet the US has been slow to act, writes Columbia University psychiatry professor Adam Bisaga. At 50,000 a year, US opioid overdose deaths are on par with the AIDS…